Postgraduate Diploma in Public Administration - PGDip (Pub Admin) 2023 (Online Mode)


Faculty of Graduate Studies, University of Colombo.   View map

Next intake in 2023


Postgraduate Diploma in Public Administration (PgDPA) is a distinctive and innovative program which provides the opportunity to gain knowledge, analyze and practice to appreciate public administration in relation to the public sector organizations and conducts with broader societal and economic development aspects of modern Sri Lankan society.

In general, it focuses on:

a) Appreciation of the public sector operations and related development and in enhancing performance expectations.
b) Recognition of the aims, practices and implications of public administration and management.
c) Awareness of legal aspects of public administration and management.
d) Awareness of the issues arising in local and global public administration and management in a holistic perspective.

Semester I

PgDPA 5101      Introduction to Public Administration
PgDPA 5102      Public Sector Accounting and Finance
PgDPA 5103      Public Policy
PgDPA 5104      Seminar on Management      

Semester II

PgDPA 5205      Research Methods
PgDPA 5206      Human Security and Disaster Management
PgDPA 5207      Human Resource Management
PgDPA 5208      Public Sector Auditing
PgDPA 5209      Legal Aspects of Public Administration

By-law of PGDip (Pub Admin)

  • 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 Public Administration; OR
  • Any other Bachelor’s degree, with prior learning/work experience in Public Administration; OR
  • Professional qualification in Public Administration from a recognized professional body with prior learning/ work experience in Public Administration acceptable to the Faculty Board of the FGS and the Senate of the University of Colombo; OR
  • Completion of NVQ level 7 (equivalent to Bachelors degree in SLQF) with relevant work experience in Public Administration as determined by the Faculty Board and the Senate; And
  • A good knowledge of English language and satisfactory performance at a selection test and / or an 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.

Course 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 18,000/-
(Per one paper 2,000*9)
Refundable Library Deposit: LKR 5,000/-
(Rs. 2,500/= per card)

Course Fee for Foreign Students

Application Fee: 15 USD
Registration Fee: 80 USD
Course Fee: 1595 USD
Library Fee: 25 USD
Examination Fee: 300 USD

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

  • Professor A. Sarveswaran
  • Professor S. C. Padmakumara
  • Dr. G.R.P. Silva
  • Dr. Shamini Chandran
  • Dr. Pavithra Jayawardena
  • Dr. Ananda Y. Karunarathne
  • Mr. S.Ranugge
  • Mr. Nandana Dissanayaka
  • Mr. S Sasidaran

Course Coordinator

Dr. T.C. Ediriwickrama
PhD, University of Colombo

Phone: (+94)11 205 56 56

Course Assistant

Ms. Chandrika Rathnayake

Phone: (+94) 11 205 56 56