Postgraduate Diploma in Development Studies - PGDip (Dev St) 2024/25 - Online Mode


Faculty of Graduate Studies, University of Colombo.   View map

Intake 2024
Closing date of the applications is extended till 01st March 2024

Payment Options

Payment Option 1

Please pay at any branch of the People’s Bank Island-wide using the usual deposit slip. Fill in the slip using the following information and your personal information. Please keep a photocopy/scanned copy of the slip with you before providing it to the university.

Account Number: 318561200000
Account Name:

Faculty of Graduate Studies, University of Colombo

Payment Option 2

Please follow the instructions given below.

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 “Application Fee – Post Graduate- FM/FS/FL/FGS/FMF” for the Fee Type
  • Select Visa or Master
  • Enter your Name, NIC (National Identity Card Number) or Passport Number and LKR 3000/=(Local Students)/ 40 USD (Foreign Students) as the Amount.
  • Type the account number 318561200000 for Payment Reference. Then click the verify button
  • Please add your name instead of Student Reg No.
  • Submit your information.
  • Check and confirm your details.
  • Enter your card details and proceed .

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 (FGS) of the University of Colombo is dedicated to promote high-quality postgraduate education. The Postgraduate Diploma in Development Studies (PgDDS) provides training and research in multidisciplinary fields paying special attention to the current needs of the developing countries. This programme is aligned with the Mission and the Vision of the faculty which are to provide advanced knowledge at postgraduate level and create human capital for growth and development and to foster excellence, creativity and innovation in graduate education of Sri Lanka. Keeping in accordance with Sri Lanka Qualifications Framework (SLQF), this programme consists of 25 Credits, with exit level of 8. The curriculum of the programme is designed to treat development issues in a multi-disciplinary manner.

Objective of the programme is to provide in depth understanding on development related issues and discourses, both theoretical and practical contexts.

Semester I

PGDip Dev St 5101 – Development: Theory and Practice
PGDip Dev St 5102 – Current and Emerging Development Issues
PGDip Dev St 5103 – An Introduction to Social Research
PGDip Dev St 5104 – Globalization and Development

Semester II

PGDip Dev St 5201 – Sri Lankan Economy: Past, Present and Future Outlook
PGDip Dev St 5202 – Development: Roles of the Stakeholders
PGDip Dev St 5203 – Reading in Development Literature
PGDip Dev St 5204 – Environment and Development

  • This programme includes eight (08) courses of 25 credits which is offered in two semesters.
  • The progamme of Study and Examination leading to the PGDiP (Dev St) is 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 Regulation passed by the University of Colombo.
  • The medium of instruction and examination is English.
  • The Senate on the recommendation of the Faculty Board appoint a Board of Examiners to conduct the examinations and assess the performance of candidates.
  • Duration: One year
  • Lecture mode: Online
  • Weekend Programme
  • SLQF level: 8
  • Number of Credits: 25
  • Medium of Instructions: English
  • A Bachelor’s degree from a recognized University/Institution in development studies or related subject area; OR
  • Any other Bachelor’s degree, with prior learning/work experience in development studies or related subject area; OR
  • Professional qualification in development studies or related subject area from a recognized professional body acceptable to the Faculty Board and Senate of the University with prior learning/ work experience in development studies or related subject area; OR
  • Completion of NVQ level 7 (equivalent to Bachelor’s degree in SLQF) with relevant work experience in development studies or related subject area as determined by the Faculty Board and the Senate; OR
  • Diploma or Higher Diploma from the University of Colombo or an equivalent qualification to SLQF Three/Four (03/04) with two/three years relevant work experience in development studies or related subject area as determined by the Faculty Board and Senate of the University; AND
  • A good knowledge of English language and satisfactory performance at a selection test and/or selection interview.
    Each application under clause (iv) and clause (v) shall be considered on its merit.
  • 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.

Course Fee for Local Students

Application Fee: LKR 3,000/-

Registration Fee: LKR 5,000/-
Course Fee: LKR 152,500/-
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)

Course Fee for Foreign Students

Application Fee: 40 USD

Registration Fee: 65 USD
Course Fee: 1968 USD
Library Fee: 19 USD
Examination Fee: 206 USD

Refundable Library Deposit: LKR 5,000/-
(LKR 2,500/= per card)

  • Senior Professor K Amirthalingam (UOC)
  • Professor Chandana Aluthge (UOC)
  • Professor SMW Ranwala (UOC)
  • Professor A Saraveswaran (UOC)
  • Dr MTM Mahees (UOC)
  • Dr M Ganeshamoorthy (UOC)

Course Assistant

Mr. Sahan Shashika

Phone: (+94) 11 205 56 56