Entry Qualifications

All the graduate programmes (taught and research) offered by the Faculty of Graduate Studies at the Sabaragamuwa University of Sri Lanka have adapted the entry qualifications stipulated by the Sri Lanka National Qualifications Framework, as given below. Please note that certain graduate programmes may require specific entry qualifications. You may find this information under the programmes that you are applying for.

Entry Qualifications (General)

No person shall be considered for admission to any academic programme leading to a graduate qualification unless he/she has satisfied the requirements established by the Faculty of Graduate Studies, Sabaragamuwa University of Sri Lanka. Some programmes may have additional requirements for admission. Applicants must meet the admission requirements under each programme offered. If you possess any equivalent qualification, both academic progress and/or experience must be recognised by the Senate of the Sabaragamuwa University of Sri Lanka, and the University reserves the right to approve/not approve admission into any programme.

Minimum admission requirements: PG Certificate and PG Diploma

The minimum admission requirement is a Bachelors degree with 30 credits in the relevant subject area, or equivalent prior learning experience and/or a qualification in the relevant subject area. Completion of NVQF level 7 may also be considered as an equivalent qualification for admission to SLQF levels 7 and 8 in that field of specialization.

Minimum admission requirement: Masters with Course Work

The minimum admission requirement is a Bachelors degree with 30 credits in the relevant subject area, or equivalent prior learning experience and/or a qualification in the relevant subject area. Completion of NVQF level 7 may also be considered as equivalent qualification for admission to SLQF level 9 in that field of specialization.

Minimum admission requirement: Masters with Course Work and Research

The minimum admission requirement is a Bachelors degree with a minimum of 30 credits in the relevant subject area, and a minimum GPA of 3.0 (on a scale of 0-4), or a qualification at SLQF level 6 or 7 in the relevant area of study. Completion of NVQF level 7 with a minimum GPA of 2.0 may also be considered as an equivalent qualification for admission to SLQF level 10 in that field of specialization.

Minimum admission requirement: MPhil

A Bachelors degree of level 6 with a minimum of 30 credits in the relevant field or a related field, or a Bachelor’s degree atSLQF level 5 and the successful completion of a qualifying examination. The examination will be conducted after the completion of 30 credits equivalent to SLQF 6 in the same or related field, or a qualification at SLQF levels 7 or 8 in the relevant field. The equivalent qualifications for entry may be a:

  1. First or Second Class Honours degree from a recognized University;
  2. First Class Honours in General Degree Examination having offered the relevant/related subject/s of the proposed research with acceptable postgraduate qualifications/s;
  3. Two year Master’s Degree with a substantial research component from a Recognized University or in a relevant subject of the intended MPhil research;
  4. One year Master’s Degree, with either five years of post qualifying experience or refereed published research, acceptable to the University;
  5. A Postgraduate Diploma and a Masters Degree with a research component in the relevant/related subject of the proposed research; or
  6. Associate Membership of any Professional organization acceptable to the University with two year’s work experience that incorporated considerable research.

Minimum admission requirements: PhD

Master of Philosophy, or an equivalent Master’sDegree. However, a candidate holding an Honours (Bachelor) degree with a minimum GPA of 3.0 who has registered for an MPhil degree may be upgraded to PhD level after a minimum period of one year, provided that his/her research competencies show exceptional merit.

English Language Proficiency

Those candidates who select English as the medium of instruction should possessa good working knowledge of the English language. Foreign applicants from non-English speaking countries should produce proof of their language proficiency in English.