Postgraduate Diploma in Business Management - PGDip (Busi Mgmt) 2022/23 - Online Mode


Faculty of Graduate Studies, University of Colombo.   View map

Intake 2022
Applications are closing on 17th June 2022

Programme fee can be paid in installments

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.


Economic liberalization in the post-1977 period shifted the emphasis of entrepreneurship from centralized government control to decentralized market oriented private enterprise. The success of small and large-scale production and commerce in domestic and international trade settings is dependent on efficient management. In this transitional period from planning to market oriented entrepreneurship, and from centralized government control to decentralized market oriented private enterprise, the Postgraduate Diploma in Business Management (m-learning) (PGDBM-ml) provides key training that equips students for these challenges. With the success of small and large-scale production and commerce, from agricultural predominance to industrialization, from satisfying domestic demand to capturing international trading spheres, firms are facing an intense problem in recruiting efficient, knowledgeable and farsighted management staff. Recognizing the need for a changing and competitive world of enterprise, such firms are demanding better qualified executives who are able to deal effectively, not only with day-to-day routine work, but also to make a significant contribution to the corporate planning strategies of the country.

The Postgraduate Diploma in Business Management (m-learning) will attempt to bridge the gap between the academic knowledge gained during the first degree/Diploma and the management needs in the currently competitive business arena. Undergraduates who have performed well in their degree courses will now be given the opportunity to improve their practical skills. Since this course incorporates management related subjects, it will improve their competitiveness in the labour market.

Undergraduates, whose horizon was limited to the public sector, a currently shrinking domain, will now be trained to face the demands of a competitive business environment with confidence. They will be equipped with the skills of analysis, presentation and decision making necessary to succeed in securing attractive employment opportunities and in becoming skillful managers who are assets to their employers.

The PGDBM-ml is a valuable qualification as it fulfills the expectations of employers in the organized private sector who demand qualifications and training beyond a first degree/Diploma.

The objectives of the programme are as follows:

  • To provide the opportunity for graduates with little or no work experience, to pursue a course of study in business management acceptable to the job market.
  • To impart to students a critical awareness of the most up-to-date theoretical and practical knowledge in management and related disciplines and to develop their faculties to use such knowledge in practical problem-oriented situations.
  • To inculcate in the students the skills and the professional competence that will enable them to effectively play managerial roles in competitive situations.
  • To improve the capabilities of the students to proceed towards higher levels of training in Business Management which would involve research.

Semester I

 PgDBM-ml 5101  – Accounting & Finance
 PgDBM-ml 5102  – Business Economics
 PgDBM-ml 5103  – Quantitative Techniques
 PgDBM-ml 5104   – Management Process & Practices

Semester II

PgDBM-ml 5205  – Human Resource Management
 PgDBM-ml 5206 – Operations Management
 PgDBM-ml 5207 – Marketing Management
 PgDBM-ml 5208 – Strategic Management
 PgDBM-ml 5209 – Research Methods

  • The program of study leading to the PGDip (Busi Mgmt), unless otherwise decided by the Senate on the recommendation of the Faculty Board for special reasons, as prescribed in the schedule shall be one academic year  with nine (09)  courses of 26  credits, offered in two semesters.
  • The titles of courses, syllabi, course codes, credit point and other details are those set out in the schedule and the Senate shall have power, on the recommendation of the Faculty Board of the FGS to amend, add to, delete from or vary the courses, their titles, syllabi, course codes, credit points and other details of the programme. Such amendments shall come into effect after due notice.
  • The Programme of Study and Examinations leading to the PGDip (Busi Mgmt) will be conducted in the conventional mode and/or through the information communication technology driven on-line mode or a combination of multi-modes and these By-Laws, and other relevant By-Laws, Rules and Regulations passed by the University of Colombo shall be so applied and interpreted in order to facilitate the effective conduct of the study programme without compromising its integrity and quality.
  • The medium of instruction and examination shall be English.
  • The Senate, on the recommendation of the Faculty Board of the FGS shall appoint a Board of Examiners to conduct examinations and assess the performance of candidates.
  • The Senate, on the recommendation of the Faculty Board shall appoint a Board of Examiners to conduct and assess the performance of candidates.

By-law of PG Dip-Busi Mgmt

  • Duration: One year
  • Weekend Programme
  • SLQF level: 8
  • Number of Credits: 26
  • Medium of Instructions: English
  • A Bachelor’s degree from a recognized University/ Institution in Business Management; or
  • Any other Bachelor’s degree, with prior learning/ work experience in Business Management; or
  • Professional qualification in Business Management from a recognized professional body acceptable to the Faculty Board of the FGS and Senate of the University of Colombo with prior learning/ work experience in Business Management; or
  • Completion of NVQ level 7 (equivalent to Bachelor’s degree in SLQF)  with relevant work experience in Business Management as determined by the  Faculty  Board of the FGS  and Senate of the University of Colombo; And
  • A good knowledge of English language and satisfactory performance at a selection test and/or selection interview.
  • A person who wishes to apply for the FGS programmes shall forward the application to the Senior Assistant Registrar, Faculty of Graduate Studies, No.35/30, Pro. Stanley Wijesundara Mawatha, Colombo 07.
  • Applications can be downloaded from ( the faculty website.
  • The students will be selected through an interview or a placement test or both.
  • The next intake will be announced via the website, at the time of calling for applicants.

Application Fee: LKR 3,000/-
Registration Fee: LKR 5,000/-
Course Fee: LKR 110,000/-
Library Fee: LKR 1,500/-
Examination Fee: LKR 18,000/-
(Per one paper 2,000*9)
Refundable Library Deposit: LKR 5,000/-
(Rs. 2,500/= per card)

  • Dr HMN Padmasiri
  • Dr Rajitha Silva
  • Dr SC Padmakumara
  • Dr Pradeep N’ Weerasinghe
  • Dr DLPM Rathnasinghe
  • Dr Ravinda Perera
  • Dr WG Pemarathne
  • Mr Chandana Wijekoon
  • Mr Ramesh Rajasuriya
  • Mr RMRB Rajapakse
  • Mr Daminda Geeganage

Course Coordinator

Dr Nihal Padmasiri
PhD, Aichi Gakuin University, Japan


Course Assistant

Ms. KA Indiwari

Phone: (+94) 11 205 56 56