Postgraduate Diploma in Rural Development Programme

Objectives of the Diploma Programme

  • To improve the understanding and awareness of theoretical and practical knowledge related to rural development
  • To provide an integrated perception of rural development encompassing various aspects of rural life
  • To advance technical competencies of using different strategies to develop rural economy and livelihood
  • To upgrade communication, interpersonal relationship, team working, and leadership skills for the effective engagement in rural development process
  • To enable learners to gain skills related to planning, formulation, monitoring and evaluation of rural development projects and programs.
  • To enable participants to develop a broad-ranging knowledge of the theoretical field of rural development and assist them in critically appraising the various policies, strategies and approaches in the field.
  • To train participants in the planning and management of rural development activities particularly in aspects of community/ area analysis.

Programme Outcomes

  • Demonstrate an advanced level of knowledge and understanding of theories and practices in the field of rural development
  • Employ effective and efficient communication to enable appropriate decision making for solving issues related to rural society.
  • Use team working and leadership skills to deal with complex issues in a systematic manner in order to make sound judgments.
  • Take the initiative and assume self-responsibility to create, develop, and manage the rural enterprises.
  • Use of information technology to design rural development project and communicate for effective social engagement.
  • Analyze, select and integrate of appropriate strategies to solve issues encountered in changing environment to achieve a sustainable development in the rural society.
  • Demonstrate positive attitudes and social responsibility to develop long term developmental goals in the rural sector.
  • Undertake further training and develop additional skills through independent studies that enable professional development.

An eligible candidate for registration for the program of study leading to the Postgraduate Diploma in Rural Development must have;

A Bachelor’s degree from a recognized university
(a) Including 30 credits in the relevant subject area
(b) With prior learning/work experience equivalent to 30 credits in the relevant
subject area

  • A qualification in the relevant subject area equivalent to 1 (a) or 1 (b) or
  • Completion of NVQ level 7 as accepted by the Senate of the RUSL

Structure of the Study Programme

This diploma programme consists with course work and project work component basically one year duration in semester system for a full-time student. Minimum duration for a part time student will be four consecutive semesters. The course work includes all key aspects of Rural Development. There is a two-credit project work in the second semester mainly aiming to identify issues in the rural sector and conducting a project independently to find suitable solutions for those issues. The medium of instruction is Sinhala and course is conducted in weekend at the Faculty of Agriculture, Rajarata University of Sri Lanka. Courses shall be evaluated on the basis of continuous assessments (quizzes, reports, assignments, presentations, case studies, etc.) and end-semester examinations.

Requirements to Complete the Study Programme

A student should complete 27 credits with a minimum Grade Point Average of 2.00 in stipulated period prescribed in the governing by-laws. A student should satisfy the examiners on prescribed assessment criteria approved by the Faculty Board on the recommendation of the Board of Study with a satisfactory standard. Students are required to follow 13 credits in the first semester and 14 credits in the second semester. All the course are core courses in this program and compulsory follow.

Description (Per student)

Amount Rs.

1.Application fee

2.Course fee

3.Registration fee 

4.i. Library fee (Non-refundable)
    ii. Library fee (Refundable)

5.i. Examination fee (500 per credit)

   ii. Makeup/repeat examination fee (500 per credit)

6.Viva voce fee for final project 

7. IT fee

8. New and replacement of university identity card       

9. Certificate printing











How to obtain application

  • Download Application from University/ Faculty Website
  • Obtain the Application by posting a self-addressed envelope
  • Obtain the Application by visiting the faculty

Those who wish to apply, download the application below or those who wish to obtain application form and instructions by post, should send a 9”x 6” size self-addressed stamped envelope worth of Rs. 200/= addressed to the “Assistant Registrar, Faculty of Agriculture, Rajarata University of Sri Lanka, Puliyankulama, Anuradhapura”. Application forms and instructions/details of the degree programme can also be obtained by visiting Faculty of Agriculture, Rajarata University of Sri Lanka.

Following documents should accompany with your application.

  • Duly filled and signed application form
  • Certified copies of the educational and professional qualifications
  • Copy of the birth certificate
  • Copy of the National Identity Card
  • Bank deposit slip of Rs. 2000 as application processing fee
  • Two letters of recommendations

How to apply

Applications and hard copies of supporting documents should be sent to “Assistant Registrar, Faculty of Agriculture, Rajarata University of Sri Lanka, Puliyankulama, Anuradhapura” along with a Bank Deposit slip to the value of Rs. 2000.00 written in favour of Faculty of Agriculture, Rajarata University of Sri Lanka, Account No. 008-1-001-4-8565998 held at the Peoples’ Bank, Anuradhapura indicating the applicant’s name and the address.


For New Students

Application Forms
Reference Report
Student ID