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

Online Application Process

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

a. Obtained a minimum of six (06) Passes with two Credit Passes, including Mathematics and First Language, at the General Certificate of Education (Ordinary Level) Examination or equivalent or a higher qualification Or

b. Successfully completed a certificate programme in SLQF level 1 qualification Or

c. Successfully completed a NVQ level 3 qualification in relevant field Or

d. An equivalent or a higher qualification acceptable to the Senate of the Open University of Sri Lanka.

Accepting On-line Applications::
17th February 2019
Closing Date for Applications :
19th March 2019
Commencement of Academic activities:
30th May 2019
Programme Registration date:
29th April 2019 (CRC only), 3rd May 2019 (All RC’s and SC’s except Kuliyapitiya)

Registration Fee Rs 250.00
Facilities Fees Rs. 900.00
Tuition Fees Rs. 20,000.00

Tuition fees as per new Credit Rating = Rs. 634.00 per Credit
Fees can be paid in installments.

This Advance certificate programme is conducted by the department of Zoology, Faculty of Natural Sciences. Contact the coordinator,Mr. Saminda Fernando for further details.

Address :
Dr Neetha Punchihewa Head/ Faculty of Natural Sciences, Department of Zoology, The Open University of Sri Lanka, Nawala.
Mr. Saminda Fernando, 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, 0112881446
Email :

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