M.A. On Campus


University of Peradeniya

12 months
1915 USD/year
250 USD/year
Tuition fee
Apply date
Start date


The Sociology MA programme offered at University of Peradeniya aims at providing a wide range of learning prospects including advanced knowledge, analytical, research and subject-specific skills within the field of sociology.


Discover the Department of Sociology by applying to the Sociology MA programme at University of Peradeniya

  • The Department of Sociology at Peradeniya is the largest and the best-known Sociology Department in the University system in Sri Lanka. It was established in 1947. Since its establishment, the Department of Sociology grew in its reputation, academic achievement and research output. Initially the student number was deliberately kept low, but since the 1970s the enrollments increased, following the introduction of Sociology in Sinhala and Tamil media. At present, the Department of Sociology is one of the largest departments in the Faculty of Arts with well over 1000 students following Special and General degree courses. The department teaches in English, Sinhala and Tamil media and caters to a diverse student population drawn from all parts of the country. This is the only Sociology Department within the whole university system in Sri Lanka that teaches in all three media and, therefore, fully representative of the ethnic and socio-cultural diversity in the country.
  • The teaching and research programmes of the Department of Sociology have had a strong academic orientation in the past. Recent changes in the curriculum and research activities of the staff indicate a deep concern with high priority national issues such as poverty, development, health, conflicts resolution and resettlement of people displaced by development schemes, war and natural disasters like tsunami.
  • In 2004 the Department came first in a nationwide competition for awards for improving the quality and relevance of undergraduate education under the World Bank-funded IRQUE scheme. Under this scheme, the department has embarked on a major project for curriculum and infrastructural development, partnerships with development agencies, internship for students, and post-graduate training of staff.

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Rural Sociology
  • Development & Underdevelopment in the Third World
  • Women in South Asia
  • Ethnicity and Nationalism in the Third World with Special Reference to Sri Lanka
  • Sociology of Poverty
  • Applied Sociology
  • Medical Anthropology

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 12 months

Start dates & application deadlines




30 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 (Special) with Honours in the relevant subject;
  • A Bachelors’ (General/ Combined) degree with minimum 30 credits from the relevant subject area with a minimum of average B grade or equivalent grade point in the relevant subject area;
  • A Bachelor’s degree in any discipline and a Postgraduate Diploma in the relevant subject area;
  • Any other equivalent qualification acceptable to the relevant Board of Study

More requirements:

  • 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 in the given format
  • 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

    1915 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 1915 USD per year during 12 months.
  • National

    250 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 250 USD per year during 12 months.
  • National: LKR92,000
  • SAARC Countries and clergy: $1,615
  • Non-SAARC Countries: $1,915


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