Postgraduate Diploma in Human Rights - PgDHR 2021/22


Faculty of Graduate Studies, University of Colombo.   View map

2021 intake
Applications are closing on 12th September 2021

Those who are unable to pay the application fee to the Bank, they can pay the application fee using the online payment (Pay Online) method of the University of Colombo. Please select “Course Fee – pst grad(FGS/FMF/FOS/Law” for the Fee Type and type the account code starting from 318…. given at the advertisement for Payment Reference and proceed the payment. You should submit the online payment confirmation receipt instead of payment slip in addition to the requested documents as mentioned in the advertisement.


The Faculty of Graduate Studies of the University of Colombo (FGS-Colombo) is one of the leading post-graduate institutions in Sri Lanka. Located in the heart of the commercial hub of the country, it can lay claim to well-established facilities and internationally qualified academic staff.

As a bachelor’s degree is now considered a basic qualification for academic or employment prospects, postgraduate training is essential to become a professional in your field. Postgraduate qualifications can admit you to an exclusive club of top-level competitors in a fast-track knowledge-based global economy.

FGS-Colombo can secure your professional future with a diverse range of specialized postgraduate study programmes in the applied social sciences, professional studies, and international affairs. With state-of-the-art educational methods, FGS-Colombo study programmes are designed to help today’s knowledge worker meet the challenges of the future.

FGS-Colombo was established by the Faculty of Graduate Studies Ordinance No. 03 of 1987. Led by the Dean of the Faculty, and managed by a Board of Graduate Studies, FGS-Colombo is accountable to the Senate and the Council. of the University of Colombo.

The Focus of this Programme is on educating and training students in both theoretical and Practical aspects of human rights application, drawing knowledge from historical, philosophical, legal, international and domestic dimension of human rights. It will also inculcate analytical skills amongst students, enabling them to undertake research and/or to be involved in the promotion and protection of human rights.

Semester I

PgDHR 5101 – Introduction to Human Rights
PgDHR 5102 – Introduction to International Law and Human Rights Law
PgDHR 5103 – Human Rights Debates and Discourse
PgDHR 5104 – Research Methodology

Semester II

PgDHR 5201 – Domestic Mechanisms on Protection and Promotion of Human Rights
PgDHR 5202 – International/Regional mechanisms  on Protection and Promotion of Human Rights
PgDHR 5203 – International Humanitarian Law (IHL)
PgDHR 5204 – Contemporary Issues on Human Rights

The Teaching will be mainly based on application and the case-study approach, in addition to more traditional methods.

By-law of PgDHR

  • Duration: One year
  • Weekend Programme
  • SLQF level: 8
  • Number of Credits: 26
  • Medium of Instructions: English
  • A Bachelor’s degree from a recognized University/Institute in the field of Human Rights; or
  • Any other Bachelor’s Degree, with prior learning/work experience in Human Rights; or
  • Postgraduate Diploma (SLQF 8) from a recognized University/Institute or an equivalent qualification acceptable to the Faculty Board and the Senate of the University with prior learning/work experience in Human Rights; or
  • Professional qualification in Human Rights from a recognized professional body which is acceptable to the Faculty Board and the Senate of the University with prior learning/work experience in Human Rights; or
  • Completion of NVQ Level 07 ( Equivalent to Bachelor’s degree in SLQF) with relevant work experience in Human Rights as determined by the Faculty Board and the Senate of The University.

Application forms can be downloaded from the faculty web site

Completed application forms along with the certified copies of relevant certificates and payment slip should be scanned and emailed via ( and also should be sent through the registered post to reach the Senior Assistant Registrar, Faculty of Graduate Studies, on or before 12th September 2021.

Application fee of Rs 3000/= can be made by using the code 318-5211-0000-5 to any People’s Bank Branch.

Application Fee: LKR 3,000/-
Registration Fee: LKR 5,000/-
Course Fee: LKR 80,000/-
Library Fee: LKR 1,500/-
Examination Fee: LKR 16,000/-
(Per one paper 2,000*8)
Refundable Library Deposit: LKR 5,000/-
(Rs. 2,500/= per card)

  • Professor Wasantha Senevirathne
  • Dr. Kokila Konasingha
  • A. Sarveswaran
  • M.A.M. Hakeem
  • Menaka Harankaha
  • Nishara Mendis
  • C.L. Akurugoda

Course Coordinator

Chathurika Akurugoda
LL.M University of Exeter, United Kingdom
LL.B, University of Colombo

Mobile: (+94)77 840 74 50

Course Assistant

Ms. Hiruni Fernando

Phone: (+94) 11 205 56 56