Faculty of Arts

University of Peradeniya

Faculty of Arts

University of Peradeniya





Postgraduate Programmes


All academic departments of the faculty conduct postgraduate programmes leading to MA, MEd, MPhil, and PhD degrees. These are fee-levying, self-financed courses held during weekends.

The Department of Education conducts only postgraduate courses. It offers two courses leading to the Diploma in Education, in addition to conducting courses as part of the regular postgraduate programme of the faculty. The first full-time diploma course conducted by the Department of Education is a one-year programme to train graduate teachers. About 75-100 teachers, released by the government Department of Education on full-pay leave, follow this programme annually. The other diploma course is a part-time one of 18 months' duration conducted during weekends for teachers who follow it while teaching in schools.

The faculty conducts a Masters Preliminary Programme for those who do not possess basic qualifications to register for a Masters Programme directly. This is a one-year course conducted during weekends. Candidates who pass the Masters Preliminary Examination can register for either the MA or MPhil Degree Programme.

The Masters Preliminary and the MA Programmes are taught through course work. The MPhil Programme consists of course work and a thesis, while in the PhD Programme, which has no course work component, students are required to complete a thesis based on their research.

Programmes offered from the faculty is as follows.

  • Postgraduate Diploma
  • Master of Arts
  • Master of Philosophy
  • Doctor of Philosophy
  • Master of Arts in Applied Economics
  • Master of Development Practices