MSc Surveying Sciences

The Master of Science in Surveying Sciences programme provides an intensive training on the technical, analytical and professional aspects of modern and advanced surveying, geodesy, management, and environmental subjects. This postgraduate programme is tailor-made for land surveying professionals who have a Bachelor’s degree in Surveying Sciences, or an equivalent qualification with at least two years of experience in the field of Geomatics. Selected candidates are required to undertake coursework and a research project for the completion of the degree as specified in the Sri Lanka Qualification Framework (SLQF) established by the Quality Assurance and Accreditation Council of the University Grants Commission, Sri Lanka.

The main objective of the programme is to provide sound exposure to state-of-the-art technologies in this field, to allow students to specialize in the management of practical projects.Graduates will consequently become leading technical personnel in the fields of surveying/geomatics. To achieve this objective, the programme aims to provide the appropriate scientific understanding and extensive training in management and environmental subjects, in addition to advanced knowledge of surveying and geomatics. Further, the programme also aims to develop the transferable skills frequently sought by potential employers, such as those associated with verbal and written communication, and teamwork.

The programme is offered with the Faculty of Geomatics.The Faculty consists of a diversely qualified group of experts, and physical resources – e.g. software, survey instruments, reading materials– that are unparalleled. Given the years of academic and professional experience of the teaching faculty, the programme will be conducted in a novel manner so that the student gets hands-on experience. This practical based approach to teaching, is applied to all course modules.

Intended Learning Outcomes

On successfully completing the programme, a graduate should be able to:

  • Demonstrate knowledge by applying modern concepts in geomatics and spatial and aspatial related data processing, including knowledge of related software.
  • Analyse geo-spatial data from basic to complex forms, GIS based spatial data modelling, make judgments and propose solutions to related problems.
  • Apply project management principles, methods and tools for planning and executing large scale multi-disciplinary projects, including elements of environmental management, industrial relations, contract law and financial considerations.
  • Perform independent studies, identifying own personal development needs and goals, reflecting on own performance for personal, professional and scientific development.

The candidate should have at least one qualification in the following categories.

  • A Bachelor’s Degree in Surveying Sciences or
  • A qualification equivalent to a Bachelor’s Degree as recognized by the Senate and at least 2 years experience in the field of Geomatics.
Year 1 Semester I Credits
MS 210 Mathematics 02
MS 211 Geometric Reference Systems and Map Projections 02
MS 212 Land Economics 02
MS 313 Project Management 03
MS 314 GNSS for Surveyors 03
MS 215 Research Methodology and Scientific Writing 02
MS 216 Principles and Applications of Environmental Sciences 02
Year I Semester II  
MS 220 Statistics 02
MS 221 Programming Skills for Surveyors 02
MS 322 GIS for Surveyors 03
MS 233 Adjustment Calculus 02
MS 224 Hydrography for Surveyors 02
MS 225 Photogrammetry 02
MS 226 Gravity Field Modelling and Interpretations 02
Year II Semester I  
MS 330 Remote Sensing for Surveyors 03
MS 231 Web Mapping 02
MS 232 Cadastral Surveying 02
MS 233 Land Management 02
MS 234 Spatial Data Infrastructure (SDI) 02
MS 235 Laser Scanning 02
MS 236 Advanced Surveying Studio 02
Year II Semester I and Semester II  
MS 150 Dissertation 15
Total Credits 61
Category Amount (LKR)
Application Processing Fee 2,500.00
Registration Fee 10,000.00
Tuition Fee* 240,000.00
Library Fee 5,000.00
Library Deposit (Refundable) 5,000.00

* Tuition fee can be paid in two (02) instalments LKR 120,000 each. And the balance fee should be settled at the beginning of the second year. Sponsored students must submit a sponsorship letter upon registration. The letter must clearly state the type of fees covered (such as registration, tuition, library etc.).

Other Fees Applicable

Category Amount (LKR)
Thesis Re-examination Fee 30,000.00
Research Proposal Re-submission Fee 10,000.00
Extension of the Period of Registration per Semester 10,000.00
Deferment Fee 10,000.00

Payment Method

Key Information

Programme Code: 

SLQF Level: 


02 Years

Medium of Instruction:

FGS-SUSL Ratnapura Centre

Tuition Fee: 
LKR 240,000.00

Dr. Thilantha Dammalage

+94- 71-4454050