Postgraduate Diploma in Conflict and Peace Studies - (PGDipCPS) 2022/23 - Online Mode


Faculty of Graduate Studies, University of Colombo.   View map

Next intake in 2023


The FGS of the University of Colombo is dedicated to promote high-quality Postgraduate education. We provide training, and research in multidisciplinary fields paying special attention to the current needs of developing countries. The Mission: To provide advanced knowledge at postgraduate level and create human capital for growth and development.

The Vision: To foster excellence, creativity and innovation in graduate education of Sri Lanka.

Keeping an accordance to Sri Lanka qualifications frame work this program consists of 25 Credits, with exit level of 8. The curriculum of the program will treat development issues in a multi-disciplinary manner.

The Objective of this programme is to introduce concepts and theories of peace and conflict studies, focusing on methods of analyzing them, and the ways and means of managing, transforming, and resolving them, through a survey of peace and conflict literature. It will encourage students to scrutinize various types of conflicts in social, cultural, ethnic, economic, political, developmental, environmental and other such spheres.

Semester I

PGDCPS 5101- Concepts and Theories of Peace and Conflict

PGDCPS 5102 -Practices of Conflict Management

PGDCPS 5103 -Sustainable Development and Peace

PGDCPS 5104 -Research Methodology

Semester II

PGDCPS 5201- Constitutionalism and Conflict Studies

PGDCPS 5202- Multiculturalism and Peace

PGDCPS 5203 -Environmental Issues and Conflicts

PGDCPS 5204 -Forced migration and Peacebuilding

The program of study leading to the PgDCPS, 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 eight (08) courses of 25 credits, offered in two semesters as prescribed in the Schedule.

The Program of Study and Examinations leading to the PgDCPS will shall 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 program 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.

By-law of PgDCPS

  • Duration: One year
  • Weekend Programme (Saturday)
  • SLQF level: 8
  • Number of Credits: 25
  • Medium of Instructions: English
  • A Bachelor’s degree from a recognized University  / Institution in Conflict and Peace Studies; OR
  • Any other Bachelor’s degree, with prior learning/work experience in Conflict and Peace Studies; OR
  • Professional qualification in Conflict and Peace Studies from a recognized professional body which is acceptable to the Faculty Board and the Senate of University of Colombo with prior learning/work experience in Conflict and Peace Studies; OR
  • Completion of NVQ level 7(Equivalent to Bachelors degree in SLQF) with relevant work experience in Conflict and Peace Studies as determined by the Faculty Board and the Senate of University; 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.

Course Fee for Local Students

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)

Course Fee for Foreign Students

Application Fee: LKR 4,500/-
Registration Fee: LKR 7,500/-
Course Fee: LKR 120,000/-
Library Fee: LKR 2,250/-
Examination Fee: LKR 24,000/-
(Per one paper 3,000*8)
Refundable Library Deposit: LKR 7,500/-
(Rs. 3,750/= per card)

  • Senior Professor Nayani Melegoda
  • Dr Hasith Kandaudahewa
  • Professor A. Sarveswaran
  • Professor Maneesha Wanasinghe Pasqual
  • Professor S.C. Padmakumara
  • Dr Pavithra Jayawadene
  • Dr Nirmali Wijegoonawardena
  • Dr K. A. Sandunika Hasangani
  • Mr Sashikamal Kodithuwakku

Course Assistant

Mr. DMC Ayeshmantha

Phone: (+94) 11 205 56 56