Postgraduate Diploma in Public Administration - PgDPA 2021/22 (M- Learning)


Faculty of Graduate Studies, University of Colombo.   View map

Next intake in 2022


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:

  • Appreciation of the public sector operations and related development and in enhancing performance expectations.
  • Recognition of the aims, practices and implications of public administration and
  • Awareness of legal aspects of public administration and
  • 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 PgDPA

  • Duration: One year
  • Weekend (Sunday)
  • 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.

Application Fee: LKR 3,000/-
Registration Fee: LKR 5,000/-
Course Fee: LKR 90,000/-
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)

PgDPA 5101 –  Introduction to Public Administration         – S.Ranugge

PgDPA 5102 – Public Sector Accounting and Finance          – Nandana Dissanayaka

PgDPA 5103 – Public Policy                                                        – Dr. Shamini Chandran

PgDPA 5104 – Seminar on Management                                 – S Sasidaran


Course Coordinator

Dr. Pavithra Jayawardena
PhD, Victoria University of Wellington, New Zealand

Mobile: (+94)768794777

Course Assistant

Ms. Ishara

Phone: (+94) 11 205 56 56