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Postgraduate Diploma / M.Sc in Applied Finance


M.Sc. in Applied Finance is a practitioner- and career-oriented degree program specially designed for graduates, executives, and professionals in the discipline of finance. These postgraduate degree programs are conducted by the Department of Finance under the Faculty of Management Studies and Commerce. Postgraduate Diploma in Applied Finance (PGD AppFin) is offered as the exit strategy of the M.Sc. in Applied Finance (M.Sc. AppFin).

The main objective of these programs is to produce graduates with sound knowledge in applied finance. After completing these programs, the students will be able to:

  1. Identify, analyse, interpret, and critically assess financial problems and demonstrate a comprehensive understanding of the fundamental principles of finance
  2. Analyse the global trends in finance, risks and challenges of financial management and markets and make optimum investment and finance decisions
  3. Apply the techniques necessary to analyse and interpret data in financial practice and investments
  4. Solve problems in corporate finance and financial markets, including those involving derivative assets and the operation of the markets
  5. Make optimum corporate finance decisions and apply finance strategies in financial markets
  6. Conduct research, generate new knowledge and contribute the society by dissemination of knowledge

Programme of Study

The programme of study includes two years. The first year consists of nine courses including electives. Each course carries three or four credit hours per week and fifteen sessions in a semester. Upon completion of the first year the student may obtain the Postgraduate Diploma in Applied Finance or proceed to the M.Sc. in Applied Finance degree program. The M.Sc. in Applied Finance degree program consists of six courses in the first two terms. In the third term student have the option of submitting the dissertation or studying for four credit courses. Those who select dissertation option should complete the dissertation within a five months period. On successful completion of both years the student is awarded M.Sc. in Applied Finance degree.

Academic Staff

Internal Faculty

  1. Prof. Dr. YK Weerakoon Banda, PhD
  2. Snr Prof. Dr. DBPH Dissabandara, PhD
  3. Prof. Dr. AAJ Fernando, PhD, FCA
  4. Dr. PJS Fernando, PhD
  5. Prof. Dr. AGC Gunathilaka, PhD, FCA
  6. Snr Prof. Dr. KD Gunawardene, PhD
  7. Ms. S Ilumbetenna
  8. Dr. SDL Kongahawatta, PhD
  9. Dr. NS Nanayakkara, PhD
  10. Prof. PD. Nimal, PhD
  11. Prof. Dr. KLW Perera, PhD
  12. Prof. MSS Perera, PhD
  13. Prof. Dr. MD Pushpakumari, PhD
  14. Prof. Dr. RPCR Rajapakse, PhD
  15. Prof. Dr. WHE Silva, PhD
  16. Prof. CMC Silva, PhD
  17. Dr. MWA Silva, PhD
  18. Prof. MAK Sriyalatha, PhD
  19. Prof. RN Weerasinghe, PhD

    (In alphabetical order) 

Visiting Faculty

  1. Mr. Sugath Alwis, CFA, Financial Analyst, Fitch Ratings
  2. Mr. Nandika Buddhipala, Chief Financial Officer, Commercial Bank
  3. Ms. TSK. Dambagolla, Manager, Union Assurance
  4. Mr. DMUN Dissanayaka, Managing Director, CBC Finance Ltd
  5. Mr. Daham Gunasena, General Manager-Finance, CBL
  6. Mr. C Hathurusinghe, Finance Manager, Dilmah Ceylon Tea
  7. Ms. Ranmalee Jayasuriya, Manager, Union Bank
  8. Snr Prof. Dr. HD Karunarathne, PhD, University of Colombo
  9. Mr. SNBMW Narayana, Senior Management, Peoples Bank
  10. Mr. MSP Perera, Assistant Director – Supervision, SEC
  11. Mr. Hemantha De Silva, FCA, Finance Manager, DRH Logistics
  12. Dr. MK Wanniarachchige, PhD, University of Ruhuna

Dr. Neelangie Nanayakkara

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Mr. Melaka Prasad

Program Assistant,
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