A Multidisciplinary Postgraduate Program In Conservation, Management and Utilisation of Forest and Other Natural Resources and Environmental Protection Approaches (Pollution Prevention and Waste Management) Forestry and Environmental Science teaching at University of Sri Jayewardenepura

The Forestry education at the University of Sri Jayewardenepura has a history of 25 years. M.Sc. Course in Forestry (since 1997, Forestry and Environmental Management) has been offered to 17 batches of students since 1983, and more than 200 have obtained the M.Sc. Degree. Many of them are now employed in forestry and environmental sectors in Sri Lanka and other countries. Since the inception of the new Department of Forestry and Environmental Science in 1996, an undergraduate programme (General Degree and Special Degree) has been offered in Forestry and Environmental Science. The undergraduate course comes under the purview of the Faculty of Applied Science.

Our Mission

The mission of the Department of Forestry and Environmental Science is to assist in the sustainable management of natural resources and environment through manpower and knowledge development.

Target Groups

The target groups for the Master Degree Program are those who are employed in forestry, wildlife, other natural resources and environmental management sectors, in manufacturing industries relevant to natural resources, plantation industry, agriculture industry, training institutes, media resource personnel and graduates who wish to follow a career in these sectors.

Overall Objective of the Course

The overall objective of the Master’s Degree Program is to develop decision-making knowledge and skills required to manage forest and other natural environmental resources and to prevent and control environmental pollution. The course will train professionals and would be professionals to undertake tasks in forest and wild-life management, water management, environmental pollution control and use special tools in environmental management such as environmental impact assessment, cost benefit analysis, GIS and remote sensing applications

Course Structure

The course consists of 4 semesters, each of 15 weeks duration. Lecturers and practicals will be conducted on Fridays and Saturdays from 8am-6pm. In addition, filed classes will also be conducted to different forests and other natural resource areas, timber industries, industrial zones, waste management projects and other environmentally significant places.


  • Foundation Mathematics & Statistics
  • Earth Science (Geology, Soil, Climatology)
  • Forest Biology and Physiology
  • Research Methodology
  • Basics in Management


  • Tree diversity and Systematics
  • Tropical Forest Ecology
  • Biodiversity Conservation & Wildlife Management
  • Forest Management
  • Forest Mensuration and Inventory
  • Silviculture and Tree Improvement
  • Social Forestry and Agroforestry
  • Urban Forestry & Landscape Management
  • Forest Disease Management and Pest Management
  • Wood Science and Forest Industries
  • Ecotourism and Eco Business Management


  • Watershed and Water Resource Management
  • Surveying, Remote Sensing and GIS
  • Land Use Planning and Management
  • Environment and Resource Economics
  • Project Formulation Appraisal and Management
  • Corporate Environmental Management
  • Global and National Environmental Trends
  • Policy, Law and Administration
  • Urban and Rural Sociology
  • Environmental and Strategic Impact Assessment
  • Urban and Rural Sociology


  • Environmental Chemistry
  • Wastewater Treatment and Air Pollution Control
  • Solid Waste Management
  • Environmental Modeling
  • Field classes will be conducted on following themes
  • Forest based Industries
  • Forest Ecology, Taxonomy, and Dendrology
  • Forest Mensuration and Inventory
  • Forest and Plantation Management
  • Rural Sociology
  • Solid Waste Management
  • Water/ Waste Water Treatment
  • Environment Impact Assessment
  • Silviculture
  • Agroforestry