MA/ M.Sc. in Social Science

Under Board of Studies on Social Science, two types of Masters courses are being offered; MA by teaching (with a research component) and MA entirely by research (MAR).

MAT (MA by teaching with a research component)

Admission Requirements

Bachelors Special Degree with a class for the subject of further study from a recognized university Bachelors Degree (General) with a First or Second Class Upper Division including the subject for further study Bachelors Degree from a recognized university and obtained 50% or more from the MAQ (Qualifying) examination conducted by the University of Sri Jayewardenepura Bachelors Degree from a recognized university and having done a postgraduate diploma on the subject in question

Course Duration: 2 years

Evaluation and minimum requirements for award of MAT Degree

  • Three theory papers (3 hrs each) – done during the first year
    • Research Methodology
    • Other two papers are based on testing the subject knowledge as directed by the relevant Department under which the studies are conducted
  • Two Seminars – done during the second year
    • Seminar 1 – Finalise the research proposal during the first three months of the second 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 25,000 words

MAR (MA by Research) Degree

Admission Requirements

Bachelors Special Degree with a Class for the subject to be studied further from a recognized university Bachelors General Degree (inclusive of the subject to be studied) with First or Second Class Upper Division Bachelors Degree from a recognized university and obtained 50% or more from the MAQ (Qualifying) examination conducted by the University of Sri Jayewardenepura Bachelors Degree from a recognized university and having done a postgraduate diploma on the subject in question One year MA by teaching and research from a recognized university.

Duration of the Course: 2 years

Evaluation and minimum requirements to award the Degree

  • 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 second 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

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

Those who have a Bachelors Degree from a recognized university.

Requirements:

  • Students are expected to study 3 subjects and sit for 3 hour paper each within one year or appropriate time period with the guidance of the relevant department. It is expected to obtain 50% or more for the papers in order to qualify for the MAT or MAR subsequently. In the Humanities Board the students are expected to site for 4 3 hour papers, three of them on the subject area and one which is a common paper to assess the linguistical  capability.

Duration: One year

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

Degree Time (yrs) Maximum time for extension (yrs)
MAQ 01
MAT (by teaching and research) 02 04
MAR (by research only) 02 04

 

Medium:  English/ Sinhalese

The titles of papers offered by respective Board of Studies and departments are shown below;

Board of Study Department Subject area Papers to sit Duration
Social Science Sociology and Anthropology Social Science Research Methodology in Social Sciences 3
  South Asian Society and Culture 3
  Social Science Concepts and theory 3
 
  Criminology Research Methodology in Criminology 3
  Concepts and theories in Criminology 3
  Methods of Criminal Justice 3
 
  Anthropology Research Methodology in Anthropology 3
  Asian indigenous societies 3
  Concepts and theories in Anthropology
 
  History and Archaeology History/Archaeology Literature Search 3
  Sri Lankan history from 5 B.C. to 1500 After Christ 3
  History of the research in Archaeology in Sri Lanka 3
 
  Geography Geography Research Methodology 3
  The conceptual basis of geography 3
  The physical and anthropological development in Sri Lanka 3
 

 

Under the above discipline the following courses are currently offered;

  • MA in Criminology
  • MA in Sociology
  • MA in Anthropology
  • MA in Geography
  • MA in History and Archeology
  • MA in Economics
  • MA in Sociology

 

Except for MA in Economics other programmes comprise of course work and research component. MA in Economics is conducted purely by research and one year MA in Sociology is conducted purely by course work. The criteria for completion of the degrees is shown below;

One year Masters

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

*Courses referred as A-I are courses offered by the degree programme which will update with . Prospective candidates will get the latest information at the registeration.

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

Two year Master’s Degree

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) 15
Total Credits for the Year 30

 

M.A. in Sociology

Admission Requirements:

Students are registered only for the one-year Master Degree Programme.

 

Programme

 

SLQF Level Constituent

of  Study

Entry Qualifications Duration Minimum credits required
One-year Master  

SLQL 7

Course work plus research paper

(A+B+C+D+E)

1.

2.

3.          A Bachelors degree in any field of study from a recognized university

One year  

 

30 credits

 

Course Duration: one Year

Course Description:

 

Semester   Component Credits Lecturer Hours and Students alternative learning activities
Semester 1 1.

 

M.SOCI 1101   Concepts of Sociology 3 45 hrs.
2. M.SOCI 1102   Applied Sociology 3 45 hrs.
3. M.SOCI 1103   Sociological Research Methods

 

3 45 hrs.
4. M SOCI. 1104  Rural and Urban Sociology 3 45 hrs.
5. M. SOCI 1105  Sociology of Public Relations 3 45 hrs.
Semester 2 6. M. SOCI 1201  Social Welfare & Community Development 3 45 hrs.
7. M. SOCI 1202   Social Psychology & Counseling

 

3 45 hrs.
8. M. SOCI 1203   Advanced sociological Theory 3 45 hrs.
9. M. SOCI 1204   Sociology of Crimes and Deviance 3 45 hrs.
10. M. SOCI 1205   Independent Research Project 3 45 hrs.
  30

 

Evaluation:

Evaluation criteria can vary by each course. Students are evaluated using one or all of the following methods:

  1. Participation: Since the regular attendance and active involvement are important and essential for the learning process, students are required to participate in lectures, activity sessions, group discussions, field work, etc.
  2. Examinations: Examinations (Annual/Mid-year) are the main method of evaluation of students in taught courses.
  3. Peer evaluation of group assignments: Peers assign scores and provide feedback on group assignments.
  4. Programme evaluation: Students are evaluated considering the overall objectives of the study program.
  5. Measuring specific skills of course: Specific skills needed for different courses are evaluated using the techniques considered necessary depending on the subject (e.g. Presentations)

 

Allocation of marks

All courses are full courses and conducted throughout the year. Twenty (20) marks are allocated for continuous assessments or mid-year tests while Eighty (80) marks are allocated for year-end examinations. However examiners of each subjects can decide the allocation of marks.  In addition, individual Research project which should be done at the end of the academic year will be given 100 marks.

Repeating a course unit:

In the event a student is unable to sit for the final exam of any course unit due to a sickness or any unavoidable circumstance or if he/she fails the exam, the marks obtained during the continuous assessments will be carried forward for another one sitting only where the student is eligible to add the previous assessment marks to the respective course unit at the final exam.

Minimum requirements of each programme for awarding the degree or diploma is to obtain a GPA of 3.00

A merit pass is awarded if the average GPA is greater than 3.70.

M.A. in Criminology & Criminal Justice

Admission Requirements:

  1. A special degree in Criminology and Criminal Justice.
  2. A Special/General Degree and M.A. Qualifying examination.
  3. Postgraduate Diploma in Criminology and Criminal Justice.

Course Duration: Two Years

Course Description:

Course Code Course Title* Lecture/lab hours Credit

value

  Advanced Criminological Theories  Lectures 20 hours
Applied Criminology   Lectures 20 hours
Research Methods   Lectures 20 hours
  • Candidates are advised to self -studying under each course.

Evaluation:

  1. Candidates are expected to score 50 % or above in each paper to pass the written examination.
  2. Candidate who scores 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 examination, provided his or her thesis has been recommended for a merit pass by the examiners of the thesis.
  3. Candidates who fail to obtain pass marks in any one or more of the written papers will be permitted to re-sit the paper (s), ones in the following year.
  4. A candidate who fail the written examination but obtains an average of 40 % or more in the three papers may seek registration for the post graduate diploma. such candidate are required to submit a research paper not exceeding 5000 words for examination within one year from the date of notification of result of the written examination, Candidate have to obtain 40 % or more marks for the research paper in order to qualified for the award of the post graduate diploma.
  5. Evaluation of the M. A thesis will be followed by a viva voce examination. all pre requisites have to be fulfilled prior to the submission of the thesis.

M. Phil/PhD

Medium : Sinhala/ English

Subject areas : Sinhala, Pali, Sanskrit, Buddhist Civilization, Buddhist Philosophy and Philosophy, Mass Communication, Cultural Studies, Anthropology, Criminology and Sociology, Economics, Geography, Archeology and History

Entry Qualification:

M.Phil.

A two year M.A. Degree with a research component in a relevant subject obtained from a recognized university.

Or

Upgrading on the basis of the M.A. first year written examination. Note that a candidate who obtains an average of 60 marks in the written papers at the M.A. examination can be transferred to the M.Phil. programme on presenting a paper on an approved topic to the satisfaction of the Board of Sudy.

Or

Professional degree or qualifications acceptable to the Senate and  a pass at the qualifying examination.

Ph.D.

M.Phil. Degree in a relevant subject.

Or

An upgraded M.Phil. Candidate who makes a request and presents two seminar papers on approved topics to the satisfaction of the Board of Study after one year of research.

Course Requirements:

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

Programme fee structure for Social Scieances

 

 
Application processing fee 1000
Registration fee (per year) 2000 10.71

(Rs 1500)

10.71

(Rs 1500)

Sociology (MRT/MAT)

 

25,000 US $ 750 US $ 900
Criminology

 

25,000 US $ 750 US $ 900
Library fee (Per year) 1000 7.14

(Rs 1000)

7.14          (Rs 1000)
Refundable library deposit 1500 10.71

(Rs 1500)

10.71        (Rs 1500)
Examination fee 2500
Post Graduate Diplomas
Application processing fee 1000
Registration fee (per year) 1000
PG D in Sociology

 

32,250 US $ 250 US $ 300
PG Diploma in    Criminology

 

35,250 US $ 200 US $ 350
Library subscription fee (Per year) 500
Laboratory deposit fee (refundable) 5000 7.14

(Rs 1000)

7.14          (Rs 1000)
Refundable library deposit 2000 10.71

(Rs 1500)

10.71        (Rs 1500)
Examination fee 1500
M.Phil
Application processing fee 1000
Registration fee (per year) 2000 10.71

(Rs 1500)

10.71

(Rs 1500)

Master of Philosophy (M.Phill)

Course and Examination fee per year

75,000 5000 6000
Library fee (Per year) 1000 7.14

(Rs 1000)

7.14          (Rs 1000)
Refundable library deposit 3000 21,42

(Rs 3000)

21,42

(Rs 3000)

Examination fee 1500
Application processing fee 1000
Registration fee (per year) 2000 10.71

(Rs 1500)

10.71

(Rs 1500)

Ph.D
Doctor of  Philosophy (PhD)

Course and Examination fee per year

75,000 US $ 4000 US $ 6000
Library fee (Per year) 1000 7.14

(Rs 1000)

7.14          (Rs 1000)
Refundable library deposit 3000 21,42

(Rs 3000)

21,42

(Rs 3000)

Examination fee 1500