The specified time and the maximum time period allowed to complete the degrees in the Board of Studies in Social Science and Humanities is shown below;

Degree Time (yrs) Maximum time for extension (yrs)
MAQ 01
MAT (by teaching and research) 02 05
MAR (by research only) 02 05

 

MAQ (MA Qualifying Examination)

This is required if a candidate does not have the admission requirements stipulated above for registering to MAT or MAR Degrees. This is therefore a qualifying examination, which gives an opportunity for a candidate to qualify for registration for MAT or MAR.

The prerequisites for sitting for the MAQ

An applicant should successfully complete the following for the MAQ Examination.

  1. Three papers (set by the relevant department for the internal Special Degree students) on the subject the candidate hopes to obtain the postgraduate qualification.

The examination will be administered by the relevant department.

  1. A series of seminars on Research Methodology and language proficiency (Sinhala and English) for which 80% attendance is mandatory.

 

MA Taught program (MAT1) (one year)

  • MA in Sinhala
  • MA in Drama and Theater
  • MA in Music (Eastern)
  • MA in Mass Communication

Admission Requirements

A degree in any field from a recognized University

The criteria for completion of the degree

The students who enroll in this one year Masters Degree need to complete 30 credits during the two semesters of the academic year. For those who exist early completing 25 or 20 credits respectively will be awarded Postgraduate Diploma or a Postgraduate Certificate respectively.

Semester Component Credits
Semester I 1. Course A 3
2. Course B 3
3. Course C 3
4. Course D 3
5. Course E 3
Semester II 6. Course F 3
7. Course G 3
8. Course H 3
9. Course I 3
10. Project report not less than 5000 words for PGD/7500 words for one year MA 3

Each Department offering the course can decide on the number of course units within the 30 credits.

Evaluation Criteria

It is required to pass all the taught courses (at least 50%) and obtain an average GPA of 3.0

MA Taught program (MAT2) (Two Years)

  • MA in Music Technology
  • MA in Video Technology
  • MA in Music (Western) (Performance)
  • MA in Music (Western) (Composition)

 Admission Requirements

A degree in any field from a recognized University

The criteria for completion of the degree

Year and Semester Component Credits
Year 1

Semester I

1. Course A 3
2. Course B 3
3. Course C 3
4. Course D 3
Total 12
Year 1

Semester II

 

5. Course F 3
6. Course G 3
7. Course H 3
8. Course I 3
Total 12
Year 2

Semester I

9. Course J 3
10. Course K 3
11. Course K 3
12. Course K 3
Total 12
Year 2

Semester II

13. Project  work or creative work 12
Total Credits 48

Evaluation Criteria

It is required to pass all the taught courses (at least 50%) and also 50% for the project work. It is required to  obtain an average GPA of 3.0

Two year Masters Degree with a research component (MACR)

Admission Requirements

  1. A Degree from a recognized University.

Or

  1. Postgraduate Diploma or One-year Master’s Degree obtained from any recognized University.

Or

  • Candidates with MAQ qualification in the relevant subjects.

Course Structure

Year Semester Component Credits
Year 1 Semester I 1.  Course A 3
2. Course B 3
3. Course C 3
4. Course D 3
5. Course E 3
Semester II 6. Course F 3
7. Course G 3
8. Course H 3
9. Course I 3
10. Course J 3
Total Credits for the Year 30
Year 2 Semester I 11. Course K 3
12. Course L 3
Proposal Writing and

Presentation

4
Literature Review 5
Semester II Continuation of the research and a thesis of not less than 25000 words (not more than xx words?) 15
Total Credits for the Year 30

Candidates are required to :

  • Sit three written papers
  • Present the research topic for approval at a seminar.
  • Present two seminar papers related to the research area prior to the submission of thesis and,
  • Submit a dissertation of not less than 10,000 words.

Candidates have to obtain 50% or above in each paper to pass the written examination.

Candidates who obtain an average of not less than 65% marks at the written examination will be considered for a merit pass on the recommendation of the Board of Examiners provided his/her thesis has been recommended for a merit pass by the examiners of the thesis , Candidates who are unable to obtain pass marks in any one or more of the written papers will be permitted to resit the papers one more time in the following year. A candidate who fails the written examination but obtains an average mark of 40% or more in the three papers may seek registration for the Postgraduate Diploma. Such candidates are required to submit a research paper not exceeding 5000 words for examination within one year from the date of notification of results of the written examinations. Candidates have to obtain a mark of 40% or more  in the research paper to  qualify for the  award of the Postgraduate Degree.

Evaluation Criteria

Master of Arts by Research (MAR) (Two Years)

  1. Admission A Masters Degree of two years duration

Or

  1. One year Master’s Degree from a recognized University

Or

  • Post Graduate Diploma obtained from a recognized University in addition to a first degree obtained from a recognized University.

Or

  1. A Special Degree with a class from a recognized University.

Or

  1. Candidates with MAQ qualification in the relevant subjects.

Course Structure

  • MA in Sinhala
  • MA in Mass Communication
  • MA in Culture Studies
  • MA in Sanskrit
  • MA in Buddhist Civilization
  • MA in Buddhist Philosophy
  • MA in Pali
  • MA in English
  • MA in Hindi
  • MA in Philosophy and Phycology
  • MA in Dance
  • MA in Music (Eastern)
  • MA in Wetern Music (Ethnomusicology)
  • MA in English, Literature, Lingustics and Second language Tearching

Within 6 months of the registration Seminar I which is the conceptual framework needs to be done. After the successful completion of the same within 6 months of the previous seminar another seminar on literature survey needs to be carried out. Then it is required to carry out the research and complete the same within the stipulated time.

Evaluation Criteria 

  • Submission of the research topic and a synopsis  to be approved by the supervisor, Board of Study, Graduate Faculty Board and the Senate – this needs to be done at the onset prior to registration
  • Seminars
    • Seminar 1 – Finalise the research proposal during the first three months of the year
    • Seminar 2 – Literature Survey done within 6 months of the Seminar 1
  • Thesis – this includes report and viva voce examination. The theses should be not less than 50,000 words

Upgrading MAT/MAR to MPhil

    • The upgrading from a MAT/MAR to M.Phil will be done in the following manner;
      • The current work and the proposed research proposal will be  presented by the student in a 20 minute presentation to the following panel;
        • Supervisor
        • Two subject experts one internal and one external
        • Chairperson of the BOS
      • The decisions/suggestions of the Panel after discussion will be recorded by the Chairperson of the BOS and the decision will be announced to the next Board of Study. The student may be requested to carry out more work in addition to the ones done already or if the work hitherto done is satisfactory will be requested to write the work.

M.Phil

Admission Requirements

Any one of the qualifications:

  • A Special Degree in the relevant discipline with first or second class upper division honors.
  • A General Degree with relevant subjects and first or upper second class honors.
  • A Special General Degree and M.A. Qualifying examination.
  • Satisfactory completion of one year of graduate standing. The candidates with graduate standing are expected to submit an assignment and present a seminar paper on an approved topic at the end of the probationary one year period. Such candidates are eligible to be promoted to pursue studies for the M.A. degree provided they obtain a minimum of 55% marks for the assignment / seminar paper.
  • A postgraduate diploma in a relevant discipline from a recognized university.
  • Mature applicants without academic qualifications may be considered for admission provided they can establish an exceptional ability for research in the form of published material.

Duration: Two years

Medium: Sinhala/English

 

PhD

Admission Requirements

  • Phil Degree in a relevant subject or
  • An upgraded M.Phil. Candidates who makes a request and presents two seminar papers on approved topics to the satisfaction of the Board of Studies after one year of research.

Duration: Two years

Medium: Sinhala/English

Subject areas for M.Phill and Ph.D. :

  • Buddhist Civilization
  • Buddhist Philosophy
  • Cultural Studies
  • Pali
  • Philosophy & Phycology
  • Sanskrit
  • Sinhala
  • Hindi English
  • Mass Communication

 Evaluation:

M.Phill. and Ph.D candidates are expected to present three and four seminar papers respectively related to the subject area of study before submitting their thesis. The upgraded M.Phil. Candidates who have already presented two seminar papers are required to present only two additional seminar paper before submitting the thesis for a PhD. The M.Phil is awarded on the basis of submission of a 30,000 words and PhD thesis of a approximately 40,000 words.

Evaluation of the Thesis will be followed by a viva voce examination. All prerequisites have to be fulfilled prior to the submission of the thesis.

The upgrading from a M.Phil  to PhD will be done in the following manner;

      • The current work and the proposed research proposal will be  presented by the student in a 20 minute presentation to the following panel;
        • Supervisor
        • Two subject experts one internal and one external
        • Chairperson of the BOS
      • The decisions/suggestions of the Panel after discussion will be recorded by the Chairperson of the BOS and the decision will be announced to the next Board of Study. The student may be requested to carry out more work in addition to the ones done already or if the work hitherto done is satisfactory will be requested to write the work.