February 19, 2020
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BOARD OF STUDIES IN SOCIAL SCIENCES

Masters Degree Programs

Three types of Masters Degrees are offered;
• One Year Masters Degree With Teaching and Project Report
• Two Year Masters With Teaching and a Research Component
• Two Years Masters Degree by Research

One year masters Two Year MastersTeaching & Research

Masters Degree in Sociology


Course Duration: One year
Medium of Instruction: English / Sinhala

This program is an opportunity for the students to apply sociological perspectives and methods for analyzing social realities, grounded in a strong theoretical and substantive understanding of social institutions, social relations and social policies. Furthermore, it enhances the advanced research and data analytic skills of the students, making them effective and experienced practitioners in the field of applied social research, pave the pathway to continue into doctoral studies in the field.

Objectives/Graduate Profile
The postgraduate student who completes the degree will be able to;
• Enhance knowledge on the evolving theories of sociology in the current
environment
• Apply sociological theories effectively in understanding problems of the society and
develop solutions to resolve them.
• Develop the skill of designing, conducting, analyzing and interpretation of data
with modern technologies in sociological research
• Work in groups and other external resource persons.

Professional and Employment Opportunities

After graduating the students has the potential to get employed as probation officers, project mobilzers, social workers, sociologists, counselors, community development officers, researchers, field offices, child protection officers, planning officers. This One Year Master’s Degree in Sociology has gained a recognition in these respective professional schemes.

Admission Requirements

To be eligible for admission to this program an applicant must possess one of the following qualifications;
• A Bachelors Degree, including 30 credits in the relevant subject area
• A Bachelors Degree with prior learning/work experience equivalent to 30 credits in the relevant subject area
• Completion of NVQ level 7, as determined by the academic authority of HEI, may be considered.

MSc in Sociology

Evaluation

It is essential to attend more than 80% of the lectures for each subject to become eligible to sit for the examination.

Candidate’s performance at each course unit is assessed and graded through theory examinations and continuous assessments during and at the end of the semester. Continuous assessment may include individual assignments, group assignments,case analyses, critical incident analyses, term papers, midterm examinations, quizzes, practical and, oral presentations. Peer evaluation is used in giving marks for the

continuous assessments. Maximum marks that can be obtained is 20% for the continuous assessments with written or other examinations. Individual research project will be allocated 100 marks. The pass mark is 50% and candidate should pass all the course units including the research project.Repeating the course units

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

Awarding the Degree

Candidate is expected to pass all the courses and should possess a minimum GPA of 2.7 for a total of 30 credits worth courses. A merit pass will be given if the overall average exceeds 70%.

Payment Plan

The full amount of the course fee should be paid at the time of registration.

Two years Masters Degree by Research (MA-R)


Course Duration: 2 years.
Medium of Instruction: Sinhala / English

Two year Masters Degrees by research are offered in a multitude of subject areas including Anthropology, Criminology, Political Science, Sociology, Economics, Geography, Archaeology and History. It is compulsory for all students to follow a 30 hour course unit on ‘Research Methodology and Scientific Writing’ offered by the Faculty of Graduate Studies before formulating the research proposal and proceeding with the research. The students are expected to have at least 80% attendance for the “Research Methodology and Scientific Writing” course.

Admission Requirements:

To be eligible for admission to this program an applicant must possess one of the following qualifications;
• A Bachelors Honors Degree of Level 6 with a minimum of 30 credits in the relevant field
• A Bachelors Honors Degree of Level 6 with a minimum of 30 credits in a related field and a successful completion of a qualifying examination
• A Bachelors Degree of level 5 with a minimum GPA of 3 and successful completion of a qualifying examination which will be conducted after completion of 30 credits equivalent to SLQF 6 in the same or related field
• A Bachelor’s Degree of level 5 with a minimum of 3 years experience in the relevant field
• One year MA by teaching and research from a recognized university
• Completion of NVQ Level 7 with a minimum GPA of 3.0 and successful completion of a qualifying examination which will be conducted after completion of 30 credits equivalent to SLQF Level 6 or 7 as determined by the University.

Evaluation and Award of the Degree

The evaluation criteria for the Degree is similar to that for higher research degrees as shown in Section 2 of the Handbook.

Payment Plan

First years fees should be paid at the time of initial registration. At each extension of registration in subsequent years due payment need to be effected.

Masters Degree with Teaching and Research Component

Masters Degree in Criminology and Criminal Justice


Course Duration: 2 Years
Medium of Instructions: English

The newly founded Department of Criminology and Criminal Justice has created a path for its graduates to obtain their postgraduate degrees. As a result of this goal, the Department has introduced a Masters Degree in Criminology and Criminal Justice.
This program gives an opportunity for the students to enhance their knowledge further on advanced terminological theories and research methods on Criminology. In addition the students will be introduced to advanced applications in Criminology.

Objectives/ Graduate Profile:

The postgraduate student who completes the degree will be able to;
• Apply for the MPhil Degree in Criminology and Criminal Justice
• Gain a solid theoretical, methodological and applied knowledge of Criminology as well as Criminal Justice.

Professional and Employment Opportunities

Postgraduate qualifications in Criminology and Criminal Justice is certainly valued in promotions as well as confirmation in one’s occupation especially in the areas of police, prisons, excise, armed forces, judicial service and other related fields.

Admission Requirements

To be eligible for admission to this program an applicant must possess one of the following qualifications;
• A Bachelors Degree including 30 credits in criminology/criminal justice
• A Bachelors Honors Degree in criminology/criminal justice
• Postgraduate Diploma in Criminology and Criminal Justice
• Completion of NVQ level 7 (BTech) with a minimum of GPA of 3.0 as determined by the University

Course Description

The course comprise of 60 credits in total including a research project not less than 15 credits.

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Evaluation

Candidate’s performance at each course unit is assessed and graded through theory examinations and continuous assessments during and at the end of the semester. Continuous assessment may include individual assignments, group assignments, case analyses, critical incident analyses,term papers, midterm examinations, quizzes, practical and, oral presentations. Maximum marks that can be obtained is 50% for the continuous assessments with written or other examinations. The pass mark is 50% and candidate should pass all the course units. The thesis will be evaluated by a viva voce examination.

Repeating the course units

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

Awarding the Degree

Candidate should pass all the courses including the thesis and should possess a minimum GPA of 2.7 for a total of at least 60 credits worth courses. A merit pass will be given if the overall average exceeds 70%.

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.