Postgraduate Diploma in Human Rights - PGDip (HRts) 2023 - Online Mode


Faculty of Graduate Studies, University of Colombo.   View map

Next Intake 2023


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 PGDip (HRts)

  • 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
  • Relevant Professional qualification from a recognized professional body 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. AND
  • A good knowledge of English language and satisfactory performance at a selection test and/ or an interview.
  • Each application under clause (iii) and (iv) 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.

Programme Fee for Local Students

Application Fee: LKR 3,000/-
Registration Fee: LKR 5,000/-
Course Fee: LKR 100,000/-
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)

Programme Fee for Foreign Students

Application Fee: 50 USD
Registration Fee: 83 USD
Course Fee: 1657 USD
Library Fee: 25 USD
Examination Fee: 265 USD

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

  • Professor Wasantha Senevirathne
  • Dr. W.A.D.J. Sumanadasa
  • Dr. U.A.T. Udayanganie
  • Dr. Pavithra Jayawardena
  • Mr. M.A.M. Hakeem
  • Mr. Menaka Harankaha
  • Mrs. T.R. Galappaththige

Course Coordinator

Ms.Thilini Ruwanthika Galappaththige
LL.B, University of Colombo


Course Assistant

Ms. Maheshika

Phone: (+94) 11 205 56 56