POSTGRADUATE DIPLOMA IN ARCHAEOLOGY | PDAR

AIMS AND OBJECTIVES OF THE PDAR

The PGIAR has been offering the Postgraduate Diploma in Archaeology since 1989. The main objective of the Diploma is to provide a learning platform for any person with any academic background to enter the field of archaeology and related subjects. As such the Diploma functions as a conversion program for those whose academic background is not archaeology. The main intellectual objective of the program is to train the interested candidates academically ready to undertake higher-level academic and research training in archaeology.

Admission criteria:

2.1. Bachelor’s degree in any subject awarded by a recognized university, or

2.2. Professional or any other such qualification recognized by the Board of Management of PGIAR, FGS, and approved by the Senate of the University of Kelaniya. Following qualifications can be considered under this provision for admission to Postgraduate Diploma Programs of PGIAR: 1) Four year Higher National Diploma (HND) offered by the Ministry of Education; 2) Praacheena Panditha Avasana and 3) Attorney at Law qualification from the Law College of Sri Lanka will be recognized by the Board of Management of PGIAR and accepted by the Senate of the University of Kelaniya,

or

2.3. Minimum of 10 years sustained practice-based experience with notable achievements relevant to the subject matter of the diploma at executive/ managerial level in recognized institutions or workplace or at public level. Strong written recommendations on the capacity of the candidate to undertake the program of study from specialists in the field will also be considered. See note below for the definition of notable achievements.

 

NOTE: ATTRIBUTES OF NOTABLE ACHIEVEMENTS FOR POSTGRADUATE DIPLOMAS.

Candidates are required to demonstrate their professional track record for over 10 years after age 20. Supporting materials in the form of books, published articles, news paper write-ups, catalogues, posters, portfolios, video films, music scores, project proposals written by the candidate; social activity records of the candidate and three recommendation letters from specialists in the field are required. Two of the recommendations should come from specialists who are not academic staff members of any Sri Lankan university. Recommendations cannot come from either the faculty of PGIAR, or any faculty member whose university is represented in the Board of Study or Board of Management of the PGIAR.

DURATION: One year.

MEDIUM: English and Sinhala

NUMBER OF CREDITS: 30

COURSE STRUCTURE:

SEMESTER 1

PDAR 51013 Ways of knowing and narrating the past/ compulsory/ 3 credits

PDAR 51023 Historical archaeology / compulsory/ 3 credits

PDAR 51033 History of art and architecture of South Asia / compulsory/ 3 credits

Number of credits earned in Semester 1 is 9.

SEMESTER 2

PDAR 52043 Environmental Archaeology / compulsory/ 3 credits

PDAR 52053 Pre and Proto Historic Archaeology / compulsory/ 3 credits

PDAR 530615 Research colloquium: PG Diploma Research Assignment/ compulsory/ 15 credits

PDFEP Art History Field Experience: 20-days/ compulsory requirement/ must complete within the academic year.

Number of credits earned in Semester 2 is 21.

Total number of credits earned for the fulfillment of requirements for the award of the Postgraduate Diploma in Archaeology: 30 (9+21)

AWARD OF THE POSTGRADUATE DIPLOMA IN ARCHAEOLOGY

PASS

A candidate is eligible for the Postgraduate Diploma in Archaeology if he/she obtains,

I. Grades of B- or better in each of the course units offered and satisfactorily completes the mandatory field experience period, and

II. Completes the relevant requirements within a period of two academic years.

 MERIT PASS

A candidate shall be awarded a Merit Pass provided he/she

I. Obtains grades of ‘B’ or better in each of the course units offered and achieves a minimum GPA of 3.3, and

II. Completes the relevant requirements in the first attempt

DISTINCTION PASS

A candidate shall be awarded a Distinction Pass provided he/she

I. Obtains grades of ‘A’ or better in each of the course units offered and achieves a minimum GPA of 4.0, and

II. Completes the relevant requirements in the first attempt.

 PAYMENTS

Application fee

Rs. 500

Registration fee

Rs. 1000

Total Course Fee

Rs. 25000

The course fee can be paid in two installments. The first installment of Rs. 15,000 should be paid with the registration. The remaining Rs. 10,000 must be paid before commencement of vesak semester.

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APPLICATION PROCEDURE

The applications can be obtained from the Administration office of the PGIAR

Duly completed applications should be sent to:

The Assistant Registrar,

Post Graduate Institute of Archaeology

University of Kelaniya

407, Bauddhaloka Mawatha,

Colombo 07.

Please indicate “POSTGRADUATE DIPLOMA IN ARCHAEOLOGY” on the top left hand corner of the envelope.

Please forward the following along with your application;

  • Certified copy of Birth certificate
  • Certified copy of transcript of the degree
  • Stamp size (3cm « 2 1$2 cm) two photographs
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