The University of Sri Jayewardenepura has an approved research strategy operated through the Faculty of graduate studies which act as an umbrella for research activities conducted by all the faculties of the university. Faculty of Graduate studies (FGS) is the youngest faculty of the university which established in 1996 under the provisions of the Faculty of Graduate Studies Ordinance No.3 of 1987. Intention of this faculty is to bring all the postgraduate research programs under its purview in order to upgrade the standards and also to allow interactive studies among different research fields.
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Faculty of Graduate Studies:
The postgraduate research activities of the university were earlier conducted through individual faculties and it was realized that the need of a separate unit to coordinate the postgraduate activities of all the faculties in order to maintain the standards and to achieve consistency in degree awarding regulations. As a fruitful outcome of many discussions among senior academics, finally it was decided to initiate a new Faculty; “The Faculty of Graduate Studies (FGS)” to coordinate all the postgraduate research activities of the university.
Thus, FGS was formed with the idea of promoting multidisciplinary research concept by formulating six study boards instead of existing isolated “faculty model” for subject based research. This model is focused to initiate multidisciplinary research activities among the members of the study boards which consist of mixture of academics from various disciplines from the four different faculties.
The six boards of studies of the faculty are:
- Life Sciences,
- Management and Commerce,
- Medical Sciences,
- Physical Sciences and
- Social Sciences
Each study board is chaired by a senior academic with a high level of professional caliber. The members of the study boards are the academic members of the university who actively involved in research work, postgraduate supervision and those who serve as the coordinators for postgraduate programs.
The decisions taken in the above six board of studies will be taken up for discussion and for further considerations and for recommendation to the approval of the senate by the Faculty Board meeting chaired by the Dean of the faculty.
Faculty board of the Graduate Studies consist of the deans of the four faculties, Chairman of the study boards as invited members, two senate nominees and three council nominees
The Strategic Aspirations:
Based on the vision and mission of the university following are the strategic intent of the Faculty:
- Achieve excellence in Postgraduate Research, teaching and scholarship
- Allow freedom for express of independent views and creativity allowing professional growth
- Contribute to national development by developing links with industry, government and wider society
- Encourage the academics through each study board to design new courses to suite the present needs of the country with a multidisciplinary approach
- Strengthen the links between national and international research centers
- Initiate collaborative research programs nationally and internationally
- Motivate the attitudes of the staff of the Faculty of Graduate Studies to achieve the above aspirations
The Academic Activities
There are two major types of degree programs offered by the faculty namely:
- The research degrees and
- Degrees offered by course work where a research component also is involved
Both types are paid degree programs but certain features are unique to the two types.
The Research Degrees
This category consists of Ph.D., M.Phil and MA or M Sc. These degrees are offered by all the study boards except for the study board of Management & commerce. At present, Faculty of Management and commerce also is planning to offer opportunities for M Phil and Ph D degrees.
MA program offered by Social sciences and humanities is a two year research degree. Faculty of Medical Sciences also intends to develop a two year M Sc research degree program but it is still at a proposal stage.
The candidate intends to register for a research degree program has to contact a supervisor from their respective field and have to discuss about the research program to be undertaken. Then with the assistance of the supervisor the candidate should submit the research proposal to the relevant Board of Study for approval. The research proposal will be assessed for suitability for a research degree. The candidates will be registered for the relevant degree on the recommendation of the Board of Study.
Applicants who wish to register for such degree programs in the Life Sciences, Physical Sciences or Medical Sciences should ensure that they have access to research funds/ grants enabling them to undertake the proposed study. If the research project to be undertaken in the Faculty of Medical Sciences, which involves Human or Animal Study an ethical clearance also will be needed.
Duration of Research Degree Programs
|Table 1: Duration of degree programs(Prospectus of Faculty of Graduate studies 2005-2010)|
|Degree||Duration (Yrs.)||Extension (Yrs.)||Degree|
|M.A.||Full time||02||Up to 05|
|Part time||04*||Up to 07|
|M.Phil||Full time||02||Up to 05|
|Part time||03*||Up to 07|
|Ph.D.||Full time||03||Up to 06|
|Part time||05*||Up to 08|
Employed applicants who wish to register for full time study should submit a letter from the Head of the Institution that they have been released for full time research work. University academic staff who has been assigned a work load of six (6) hours work per week will be considered as full time. They should submit a letter from the Head of the relevant Department/Institution.
Degrees Offered by Course Work
Table 2 illustrates the degrees offered by course work through the FGS of the University of Sri Jayewardenepura.
These programs have been designed to provide necessary conceptual background to the candidates through lectures, required practical training, industrial training and field work in specific areas. These programs are offered at two levels namely; the Postgraduate Diploma level or the M.Sc. or MA level. In some programs progression is possible from the Postgraduate Diploma to the M.Sc or MA. In such cases the Diploma year will be counted as the first year of the Masters program.
The Social Sciences and Humanities offer M.A. Programs by theory. These MA programs consist of both theory component and a research component. The duration of the degree program is 2 years. Within the first year the students will follow lectures and has to pass the theory examination. After qualifying with the theory examination, in the second year they have to conduct a research component of the degree.
These programs are coordinated by Course Coordinators who are responsible for the formulation of the program budget and the day to day running of the program with the necessary approvals of the FGS and the senate.
The candidate with the assistance of the supervisor should submit the research proposal as shown in the annexure I to the relevant Board of Study for approval. The research proposal will be assessed for suitability for a research degree.The candidates will be registered for the relevant degree on the recommendation of the Board of Study. Applicants are required to complete and submit their application forms to the Dean, Faculty of Graduate Studies through the supervisors and the Head of the relevant department. The application forms are available at the Faculty of Graduate Studies.
Applicants who wish to register for courses in the Life Sciences, Physical Sciences or Medical Sciences should ensure that they have access to research funds/ grants enabling them to undertake the proposed study. They are advised to consult the Chairman of the relevant Board of Study (Life Sciences, Physical Sciences or Medical Sciences) prior to submitting an application. If the research project to be undertaken in the Faculty of Medical Sciences involves Human or Animal Study it will require ethical clearance.
MA, M.Phil, PhD
M.Phil.: Two years full time;
Ph.D.: Three years full time.
M.Phil.: Anyone of the following qualifications.
Life Sciences and Physical Sciences:
Criteria for Registration for M.Phil.lPh.D
- Forestry & Environmental Science
- Statistics & Computer Science
Humanities and Social Sciences:
Criteria for Registration for M.Phil.lPh.D.
- Buddhist Civilization
- Buddhist Philosophy and Philosophy
- Mass Communication
- Cultural Studies
- Criminology and Sociology Economics
- Archaeology and History
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