Eligibility Requirements

  1. The eligibility requirements for the M. Sc. Degree course shall be decided by the Department subject to the minimum eligibility requirements specified in Section 1.2 and approved by the Faculty and the Senate.
  2. An applicant fulfills the minimum eligibility requirements to follow the prescribed course leading to the Degree of Master of Science if he/she has:

(a) The Degree of Bachelor of Science of Engineering of the University of Moratuwa, Sri Lanka or an equivalent degree in a relevant field, as approved by the Senate;


(b) At least the Associate Membership of a recognized professional Engineering Institute in a relevant field with a minimum of one (01) year period of appropriate experience, as approved by the Senate;


(c) If English is not the medium of instruction in the first degree of the candidate, valid TOEFL (a minimum of 500 points in paper-based, 173 in computer based, or 61 in internet-based test) or IELTS (a minimum of 5.0 in Academic Version) scores or equivalent.

Selections will be based on the minimum eligibility requirements above, qualifications and experience, and performance at the interview.

Application and Selection Procedures

  1. Closing date for submission of applications for local and international candidates is 31st of July, 2021 (For international candidates, the internal deadlines for each SAF chapter may be different, and please check with your SAF Chapter Office).
  2. Candidates from SAARC countries who intend to apply for South Asia Foundation (SAF) scholarships should submit their duly completed applications (with all supporting documents and certified true copies of certificates) to the Secretariat, South Asia Foundation (SAF) Chapter in their respective country. Please visit the SAF website: http://www.southasiafoundation.org/saf_contacts.htm for contact details (also provided below).
  3. Candidates from SAARC countries (self-funded) or Non-SAARC countries should submit their duly filled applications (with all supporting documents and certified true copies of certificates) to the Course Coordinator (same as for local applicants).
  4. South Asia Foundation (SAF) office in each country will pre-screen the applications based on the eligibility criteria mentioned herein and the names of the short-listed candidates from each SAARC country should reach the office of the Secretary, SAF Sri Lanka latest by 03rd September 2021 through the SAF office in their respective country for further scrutiny and acceptance into the degree program at UMCSAWM/ University of Moratuwa, Sri Lanka.
  5. The final assessment of the selected candidates from SAARC countries will be done jointly by a selection committee from the Department of Civil Engineering, University of Moratuwa and UMCSAWM. Online assessment tests and/or telephonic/ Skype interviews with short-listed candidates may be arranged as required.
  6. Based on the final assessment, a candidate may or may not be accepted into the program if SAF offices of the SAARC countries have not fulfilled the set eligibility criteria.
  7. The right of acceptance or rejection of candidates nominated by SAARC countries into the UMCSAWM/University of Moratuwa degree program is with the UMCSAWM and University of Moratuwa.
  8. The letter of acceptance or rejection into the scholarship program will be sent to the SAF office of the respective SAARC country for further conveyance to the individual candidate.

Required Documents

Please submit duly filled application forms (Pages 1-3 of the application form) with confidential recommendations from two non-related referees (Pages 5-6 & 7-8) as instructed in the form.

Make sure you have attached the following with the application:

  1. Certificate of the Engineering Degree, clearly indicating the authority of awarding institute and dates
  2. Official Transcript/GPA sheet
  3. English Language Proficiency Certificate (if applicable) (TOEFL/IELTS)
  4. Job Experience Certificate from the Employer
  5. A copy of Citizenship ID card/valid passport
  6. Birth Certificate (English translation)
  7. Photograph and Copies of birth certificate & National Identity Card/Valid Passport
  8. Recently updated curriculum vitae and a declaration indicating that the submissions are true and correct

Note: All copies submitted should be certified as true copies of the original documents either by a University Registrar, Legal Practitioner or Justice of Peace/Notary Public, or a SAF Official (For candidates applying through SAF chapters). For candidates with organizational sponsorships, an original letter, on official letterhead, confirming sponsorship by the organization must be attached.