Advanced Certificate in Wildlife Conservation and Management

This programme is specially designed for adults who wish to develop their knowledge and skills in the principles and practice of Wildlife Conservation and Management

  • to enhance their career growth or
  • to enable students to pursue further studies in this field of study or
  • to create awareness among enthusiastic conservationists.

The programme of study will cover basic scientific knowledge with respect to the understanding of biology, diversity, ecology of plants, animals and other living forms considered as wildlife, their conservation status and management of their habitats, techniques in assessing wildlife populations, their threats, habitat quality and social impact on wildlife. The courses in the programme of study have a considerable amount of practical training hours and a separate project study which involves theory, practice and applications. The most significant feature is the attempt made to develop in learners’ techniques and skills of conservation and management of wildlife with social inputs from stakeholders of wildlife. The Programme will be conducted by the Department of Zoology of the Faculty of Natural Sciences and the principle medium of instructions will be in English and Sinhala. Academic activities will be conducted only at the Colombo Regional Centre of the OUSL.

Course contents Compulsory courses

  • Wildlife Biology
  • Wildlife Ecology
  • Wildlife Conservation and Management
  • Project Study
  • Wildlife Study Techniques
  • Wildlife Management Case Study
Programme Code :
Programme Category :
Advance Certificate
Conducted by :
Department of Zoology, Faculty of Natural Sciences
Programme duration :
Minimum 1 year
Discipline(s) / Course(s) :
Advanced Certificate in Wildlife Conservation and Management progarmme involves courses related
to wildlife biology, ecology, conservation and management, wildlife study techniques and filed craft,
wildlife case studies and a compulsory research project.

• Minimum of six (06) Passes with two (02) Credit passes, including Mathematics and First Language at G.C.E (O/L) Examination, or

• Successfully completed a Certificate Programme offered by the OUSL equivalent to SLQF Level 1, or

• Successfully completed the NVQ Level 3 qualification, or

• An equivalent or higher qualification acceptable to the OUSL Senate.

Accepting On-line Applications::
 17th October 2021
Closing Date for Applications :
 19th November 2021
Commencement of Academic activities:
  06th December 2021
Programme Registration date:
 Students to complete registration (online) and payment 
 from 29th November 2021 to 5th December  2021

Application Fee : Rs 250.00

Registration Fee :    Rs 350.00
Facilities Fees   :      Rs 950.00
Tuition Fees   :         Rs 19,500.00
Course material fee : Rs 280.00

Tuition fees as pre Credit Rating = Rs. 650.00

Fees can be paid in installments

Payments of Tuition fee (1st installment (30%) – at Registration, 2nd installment (30%) – after 8 weeks of Registration, 3rd installment (20%) – after 16 weeks of Registration, 4th installment (20%) – after 24 weeks of Registration

This Advance certificate programme is conducted by the department of Zoology, Faculty of Natural Sciences.

Address :
Dr. H.K Jayawardana,
Head/ Faculty of Natural Sciences, Department of Zoology, The Open University of Sri Lanka, Nawala
Dr. Saminda Fernando,
Programme Coordinator/ Advance Certificate in Wildlife Conservation and Management,
Department of Zoology, Faculty of Natural Sciences, The Open University of Sri Lanka, Nawala
Contact :
011 288 1488, 0112881475, 0718441883
Email :

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