June 17, 2021
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Board of Studies in Humanities

Masters Degree Programs

Three types of Masters Degrees are offered
• One year masters by coursework
• Two years masters with coursework and research
• Two years masters by research only

One year mastersTwo years masters MPhil and PhD

One year Masters Degree by coursework

The One Year Masters Degrees by teaching are offered only on request of students. The courses offered by the Departments vary according to the demand. The admission requirement is a Degree from a recognized university with 30 credits or more of the relevant subject. The students need to complete 30 credits during the two semesters of the academic year. For those who wish to exit early after completing 25 or 20 credits will be awarded a Postgraduate Diploma or a Postgraduate Certificate respectively.


The pass mark for the courses is 50%. Students should pass all the subjects and the Project. The minimum overall GPA to obtain the degree is 2.7.

MA in Drama and Theatre

Course Duration: One year
The Medium of Instruction: Sinhalese and English

This course is designed to provide both theoretical knowledge and practical skills in drama and theatre education for practitioners as well as the academician. It is expected to provide both professional and theoretical knowledge to the teachers who teach the subject and to the performing artists in the field of drama. It is expected to establish the subject in the contemporary society while inculcating positive attitudes in individuals.

The modules in the course explore the role of drama and theatre as a means of encouraging creative learning, the role of story in drama and theatre education and drama and literacy. A supervised independent research project and associated dissertation are included as a mandatory requirement of the course.

Objective/ Graduate Profile

The postgraduate student who completes the degree will be able to;
• Merge professional-quality courses in the history of drama with performance-oriented courses in theatre arts.
• Conduct academic research through practical experimentation, such as the investigation of processes of theatre-making or the practical application of particular aesthetic theories.
• Specialize in a particular area of practice (dramaturgy, playwriting or performance which includes directing) which prepares them for a chosen profession.
• Gather knowledge and skills in both theoretical and practical aspects of the subject

Professional and Employment Opportunities

Able to be a freelance scriptwriter, director or producer of literary artwork or resource person in media organizations. Can also be a teacher, lecturer in fine arts, direct cultural groups. Opportunities may be available in International organizations / International Non-Governmental Organisations (INGOs) as cultural officers.

Admission Requirements
To be eligible for admission to this program an applicant must possess one of the following qualifications;
a. A Bachelor’s Degree with at least 30 credits worth of
teaching/learning in Fine Arts, Performing Arts from a
recognized university or
b. A Bachelor’s Degree in any stream obtained from a recognized Sri Lankan or foreign university with two years’ experience in the field of Drama and Theatre
c. Completion of NVQ level 7 (B. Tech.) as determined by the University

MA Drama and theator

MA in Teaching English as a Second Language (TESL)

Course Duration: Two years
The medium of Instruction: English

This highly flexible program is designed for anyone interested in theoretical linguistics and its application in the domain of language teaching. Language teachers (as second or foreign languages) who wish to upgrade their professional status and those who are interested in applied linguistic research could get the benefit from this course. It is also extended to international students who are interested in foreign or second language teaching and/or scientific investigation into the field.

The program covers an overarching field that mediates between the theory of language and the practice of language learning and teaching. It sheds light on the complex tasks of teaching and learning of a second or foreign language. Key areas within the fields of theoretical linguistics and second language teaching including the structure of language, psycholinguistics and teaching methodology will be critically explored. Further, the program provides opportunities to explore recent research in the field and to find out more about specialist areas such as ESL/EFL materials development, curriculum designing and testing and evaluation in second language teaching. A distinctive feature of the program is its combination of modules that focus on language teaching which allows a broader focus on the linguistic, psychological and social factors of language teaching in an increasingly multilingual world.

Objectives/ Graduate Profile

The postgraduate student who completes the degree will be able to;
• Master theoretical foundations and their significance in classroom teaching
• Able to incorporate various theoretical and practical approaches that impact the field of language teaching
• Critically evaluate research in the field and their
application in the context of ESL/EFL materials
development, curriculum designing, testing and
evaluation in language teaching
• Conduct their own research in the area of ESL/EFL teaching with a view to enhancing the field of language teaching and learning
• Develop the skills related to pedagogical practice in contemporary educational systems ie. the use of new technologies in language teaching
• Demonstrate a capacity for creativity and originality
• Respect for the ethics of research and scholarly activity

Professional and Employment Opportunities

Since this course is mainly language teaching oriented, a graduate of MA in TESL has sufficient employment opportunities in both state and private sector educational institutions. These include government schools, private and international schools, teacher training colleges, colleges of education, The Ministry of Education, National Institute of Education and many other similar institutes. They can find employment as teachers, teaching assistants, project officers and in other similar capacities.

Admission requirements

To be eligible for admission to this program an applicant must possess one of the following qualifications;

a. A Bachelor’s Degree including 30 credits in the relevant subject area *
b. A qualification of SLQF Level 6 (Bachelors Honors) or above in the relevant area*
of study
c. A professional qualification equivalent to SLQF Level 6 or above
d. Completion of NVQ level 7 (B. Tech.) with a minimum of GPA of 3.0
* to be defined by the respective course/department/BOS

Course Description



Candidate’s performance at each course unit is assessed and graded by theory examinations and continuous assessments during and at the end of the semester. Each course unit will have a theory exam and continuous assessment. The pass mark is 50% and a candidate should pass all the course units including the thesis.

Repeating the course units

A candidate who is unable to sit for course unit examination can repeat the examination.
Except for medical reasons the maximum mark that can be obtained is 50%. For further details please refer paragraph under “Repeating the course units” on page 29.

Awarding the Degree

In order to qualify for the Degree, the candidate should pass in all the course units including the project work/creative work and obtain a pass mark 50% or B-. The overall GPA needs to be 2.7. A merit pass is obtained for courses which record>80%. The Thesis will be evaluated and for those having 50% or more marks will have viva voce examinations. For those who wish to withdraw from their second-year studies, but have acquired the required credits, will be awarded the Postgraduate Diploma in TESL (SLQF 8).

Payment Plan

The student needs to pay 60% of the course fee at the time of registration and the balance within six months of registration. Those who wish to exit at the Diploma Level should pay the full fee at the time of registration.

Application for this program has hold temporally.

The above research degrees are offered in a variety of subject areas i.e. Sinhala, Mass Communication, Cultural Studies, Sanskrit, Buddhist Civilization, Buddhist Philosophy,Pali, English, Hindi, Philosophy, Psychology, Dance, Music (Eastern), Western Music (Ethnomusicology), English Literature, Linguistics and Teaching English as a Second language and Drama & Theatre. The admission requirements, evaluation and other details are similar to the research degrees as outlined in Section 2 of this Handbook.

Payment Plan

The student needs to pay 60% of the course fee at the time of registration and the balance within six months of registration. Those who wish to exit at the Diploma Level should pay the full fee at the time of registration.