Study Programmes


The Postgraduate education in the Humanities and the Social Sciences at the University of Peradeniya commenced in 1956 in the form of a Postgraduate Diploma in Education. Since then, the higher degree programmes in the fields of the Humanities and Social Sciences have gradually expanded with the addition of masters' and doctoral degrees in many other disciplines. At present, the postgraduate programmes of the Institute cater to approximately 2000-2500 students annually following courses leading to postgraduate diplomas, masters’ and doctoral degrees in 26 different disciplines. In terms of the enrollment, diversity in courses and the quality of the study programmes, the postgraduate programmes of the Institute remain as the largest and the best of such programmes in any university in Sri Lanka.

Postgraduate Programmes

The Institute currently offers the following degree programmes:

  • Postgraduate Diploma
  • Postgraduate Diploma in Education (Full Time)
  • Postgraduate Diploma in Education (Part Time)
  • Postgraduate Diploma in Physical Education (Part Time)
  • Master of Arts
  • Master of Arts in Applied Economics
  • Master of Education
  • Master of Development Practice
  • Master of Philosophy
  • Doctor of Philosophy
  • Doctor of Literature

Annual Intake by Programme

The annual intake of students to our postgraduate programmes is above thousand in which around 300-400 students follow postgraduate diploma programme in Education. Out of the total student population about 30-50 students are foreign students who mainly join to follow course in Pali and Buddhist Studies. About 350 students registered for MA degree programme annually. The number of students registered for research degrees exceeds 100 in each year.

In 2012/13 academic year 10 foreign students followed postgraduate diploma programmes, 30 students followed Master of Philosophy degree programmes and two students followed the Doctor of Philosophy degree programmes. In 2013/14 academic year, nine foreign students followed postgraduate diploma, 32 students followed masters’ degree programmes and eight students followed doctoral degree programmes. In 2015/16 academic year, two students registered to follow postgraduate diplomas while 12 students registered to follow masters’ degree programmes.

Short Courses and Training Programmes

The Institute intends to offer some short courses and training programmes in specific fields of the Humanities and Social Sciences and is exploring the possibilities of offering such vital short courses and training programmes for the betterment of the society.

Future Plans

The Institute wishes to expand and diversify its postgraduate programmes by widening the access and introducing programs with an interdisciplinary and a multidisciplinary focus. New degree programmes will be introduced to address requirements of specific sectors of the society and the economy. The Institute has taken initiatives to introduce study programmes in tourism, international relations, peace and conflict studies, gender studies, environmental management, community development and planning, development studies, regional sciences, social work, translation studies, comparative religion, public finance and management, quantitative economics, health economics, etc.

The Institute is willing to provide more resources and facilities to encourage and support research undertaken by postgraduate students of the Institute while maintaining a productive and high quality profile of research through publication and presentation. The effort will broaden the current engagement of the Institute in research and development activities.

The institute is willing to establish effective links in higher education and research programmes with local and/or foreign individuals, groups and reputed organizations with an interest and/or responsibility for all aspects of higher education and research in the Humanities and the Social Sciences in order to expand the horizon of the postgraduate education and research activities by students and its staff. Links and collaborations with local bodies such as ministries, departments and agencies, NGOs , private sector and other higher educational and training institutes is necessary to enhance the quality of our degree programmes and their impact factor. Links and collaborations with foreign institutions will provide us opportunities to market our degree programmes abroad and provide foreign training and exposure to our students.

It is argued that knowledge created has little impact on the society when the dissemination and diffusion of such knowledge, and innovations are in a poor and inadequate state. To eliminate such drawbacks, the institute will take necessary measures to disseminate and share such knowledge by conducting briefing sessions, symposia, conferences while facilitating publication of research outcomes for the betterment of Society.

Calendar Dates

Call for Applications

January to February



Notification of Selection Outcome

End March and Early April

Inauguration of Progrmmes


First Term

May – October, 20 weeks

Second Term

November – April , 20 weeks