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


Faculty of Graduate Studies, University of Colombo.   View map

2021 intake
Applications are closing on 10th September 2021

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 “Course Fee – pst grad(FGS/FMF/FOS/Law” for the Fee Type and type the account code starting from 318…. given at the advertisement for Payment Reference and proceed the payment. You should submit the online payment confirmation receipt instead of payment slip in addition to the requested documents as mentioned in the advertisement.


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.

Application forms can be downloaded from the faculty web site

Completed application forms along with the certified copies of relevant certificates and payment slip should be scanned and emailed via ( and also should be sent through the registered post to reach the Senior Assistant Registrar, Faculty of Graduate Studies, on or before
10th September 2021.

Application fee of Rs 3000/= can be made by using the code 318-5309-0000-9 to any People’s Bank Branch.

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. H.G.S.Udayangani

Phone: (+94) 11 205 56 56