The Department of Sociology offers following programes for the Postgraduate in Sociology programmes.
The Postgraduate Diploma in Sociology aims at providing the necessary knowledge of theoretical and applied aspects of Sociology and training candidates with foundation knowledge and understanding in the field to practice higher degree in Sociology. The diploma programme opens a pathway for those candidates in their career progression and higher learning in the field of Sociology.
Applicants with the following qualification may be admitted to follow the Post graduate Diploma programme in field of Sociology:
The students are required to complete 27 credits from the courses to complete the postgraduate diploma programme.
|Programme Structure for the postgraduate Diploma in Sociology|
|Course Code||Course Unit Title||Credits||Status|
|501||Basic concept in Sociology||3||C|
|503||Methods in Social Research||3||C|
|504||Sociology of South Asia||3||C|
|505||Culture and Personality||3||C|
|506||Foundation of Sociology and Anthropology||3||C|
|508||Presentation and Writing Skills in Sociology||3||C|
|509||Sociology of Resettlement||3||C|
The Master of Arts (MA) degree by coursework programme in Sociology aims at providing a wide range of learning prospects including advanced knowledge, analytical, research and subject-specific skills within the field of sociology. The students are required to complete 30 credits from the courses to complete the Master of Arts Degree Programme.
Applicants with the following qualification may be admitted to follow the Master of Arts Degree programme in field of Sociology:
The students are required to complete 30 credits from the coursework and a guided project to complete the one year master degree.
|Programme Structure for the Master of Arts Degree in Sociology|
|Course Code||Course Unit Title||Credits||Status|
|602||Development & Underdevelopment in the Third World||3||O|
|603||Women in South Asia||3||O|
|604||Ethnicity and Nationalism in the Third World with Special Reference to Sri Lanka||3||O|
|605||Sociology of Poverty||3||O|
|608||Advance Research methodology||3||O|
|609||Sociology of Disaster Management||3||O|
|610||Migration and Society||3||O|
|612||Advance Social Theory||3||O|
|613||Sociology of Peace Building||3||O|
|615||Anthropology of Food||3||O|
|616||Sociology of Social Work||3||O|
This two-year masters’ degree programme in Sociology provides opportunities for students to obtain a thorough knowledge in the field of sociology, develop critical thinking and analytical skills, research abilities and soft skills by following coursework requirements and undertaking a research under the guidance of a supervisor. The students follow 600 level courses in the first year and complete a thesis in the second year. It also trains students to undertake advanced research leading to MPhil and PhD degrees.
Applicants with the following qualification may be admitted to follow the Master of Arts Degree (coursework and Research) programme in field of Sociology:
The students are required to complete 30 credits from the coursework in the first year and submit a thesis ranging between 20,000- 30,000 words from an independent research for the partial fulfillment of the requirements of the degree. The thesis should be completed during the second year of registration of a student. The student is also required to pass a viva-voce examination of the thesis.
Master of Philosophy is a two-year full-time degree programme in sociology allowing students to specialize in an area of study or discipline by research. Students enrolled in the MPhil programme may be asked by the relevant Board of Study to follow 600 level courses in fulfilment of their qualification requirements. Students following an M.Phil degree programme may request to be upgraded to Ph.D. Degree programmes if she/he demonstrates exceptional scholarship during the first year of study.
Applicants with the following qualification may be admitted to follow the Master of Philosophy Degree programme in field of Sociology:
The Doctor of Philosophy is the highest degree awarded by the department of Sociology and allows students to conduct an in-depth study on an issue or a problem of their interest in a given specialization or a discipline by conducting extensive research. Ph. D candidates may be asked by the relevant Board of Study to follow common courses and subject specific courses as necessary. The training transforms a graduate to high skilled scientific researcher with effective communication and interpersonal skills.
Applicants with the following qualification may be admitted to follow the Doctor of Philosophy Degree programme in field of Sociology:
For the fulfillment of the requirements of the degree, a student registered for the Doctor of Philosophy degree programme of the institute shall submit a thesis, from an extensive and in-depth research in the area of study, ranging between 60,000- 80,000 words. The thesis should be completed within the maximum period of the registration. The student is also required to pass a viva-voce examination of the thesis.
Dr. H.M.K. Shantha Wanninayake
Academic Programme Coordinator / Sociology
Postgraduate Institute of Humanities and Social Sciences (PGIHS)
University of Peradeniya,20400
Peradeniya, Sri Lanka