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Development Practice

University of Peradeniya

24 months
2630 USD/year
605 USD/year
Tuition fee
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The Development Practice MDP programme offered at University of Peradeniya was launched in September 2011 following a two-year curriculum development and approval process which was supported by funding from the MacArthur Foundation and guidance from the Earth Institute, Columbia University.


What you will learn at the Development Practice MDP programme from University of Peradeniya

Course delivery combines student-centred learning with traditional methods, to include lectures, assignments, projects, peer-group interaction, presentations and field visits. In addition to learning from MDP Peradeniya’s academic staff and from each other, students also get the opportunity to participate in a semester-long Global Classroom blended learning course. This has included student participation in a weekly live video conference that is delivered synchronously and “attended” virtually in classrooms spanning more than a dozen time zones around the world with course materials, syllabus, readings and assignments for this course being available on a common course website. 

After completing a full academic year students follow a three month “field training” internship at a public, private or non-governmental organization to gain hands-on real-world experience in development practice. For students already employed, this may be fulfilled at their own place of employment provided it fits the requirements of a development practice related institution or project.  

During the field training, students are expected to gain hands-on experience in a development practice context; apply the knowledge gained in the classroom in a real-world setting; be able to integrate/apply knowledge from different sectors; develop technical skills relating to development activities and make a useful contribution to the community/internship organization. 

Students are encouraged to gain competencies in at least three of the five, and be exposed to all five areas identified by the Global Network: Technical Skills, Integrative skills or cross-sectoral understanding, Communication Skills, Project Management and Social Cultural Skills. Internship activities will vary widely across placements. However, all internships are expected to provide students with opportunities to engage in experiential learning and professional skill-building, in line with the aforesaid objectives and intended learning outcomes.

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Mathematics
  • Economics
  • Natural Sciences: Biology
  • Natural Sciences: Physics/Chemistry
  • Principles of Leadership
  • Data Collection for Development Practice
  • Data Analysis for Development Practice

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 24 months

Start dates & application deadlines




61 alternative credits


On Campus

Academic requirements

We are not aware of any academic requirements for this programme.

English requirements

We are not aware of any English requirements for this programme.

Other requirements

General requirements

  • A Bachelor’s Degree in social sciences, humanities, management, natural sciences, agriculture, engineering, health sciences or equivalent from a recognized University/ Institution
  • A Diploma or an equivalent qualification from a recognized University/Institution   with five years’ work experience in a relevant field
  • Other special qualification approved by the Higher Degrees Committee of the Faculty of Arts
  • English Language Competence
  • Application form
  • Certified copies of certificates (e.g. Birth Certificate, degree or other higher educational certificates, etc.)
  • Two copies of recent passport size photograph
  • Service letter/s (if required) in the given format
  • Two referee reports preferably from academics/mentors/supervisors/senior government officers/head of institution 
  • Synopsis of proposed research (if applying for a research degree)
  • Payment slip of Application Fee (Local: Rs. 1000/-, Foreign: US$ 25/-)

Tuition Fee

To alway see correct tuition fees
  • International

    2630 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 2630 USD per year during 24 months.
  • National

    605 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 605 USD per year during 24 months.
  • National: LKR220,000
  • SAARC countries: $2,380
  • Other countries: $2,630


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