Postgraduate Diploma in Research Methods and Allied Aspects

@ General Sir John Kotelawala Defence University - KDU

Research is an integral part of development in a country. In view of this the government of Sri Lanka has also recently promoted research in all sectors especially in academia and research institutes by introducing a remuneration mechanism for researchers. Nowadays, knowledge of research is treated as value addition for the professions such as managers and administrators. This is because although managers and administrators may not do the research themselves, they still need to communicate with researchers and comprehend the kind of research required for the development of their organizations.

Despite the need for and value of conducting research, graduates are not motivated or properly oriented to do research. Undisputedly, there is a need for training of novice researchers in the conduct of research. Such training programmes are mostly limited to teaching of research methodologies, and neglect the allied aspects such as management of research projects, legal & ethical aspects of research, commercializing research, philosophy of research and scientific communications. Many research methodology courses are confined to statistical techniques and do not exploit the power of modern intelligent techniques such as artificial neural  networks, genetic algorithms, decision trees, fuzzy logic and computer simulations.

Eligibility Criteria

A person is eligible for admission to the programme of study leading to the Postgraduate Diploma in Research Methods and Allied Aspects provided he/she meets one of the following conditions.

a. He/ She is a Commissioned Officer of the rank of Captain/ Lieutenant/ Flight Lieutenant or above, with a minimum of five (05) years of Commissioned Service.

b. He/ She is a Police Officer in the rank of ASP/ CI/ IP with a minimum of ten (10) years service in the Department of Police.

c. He/she is a graduate with a three or four year degree in any discipline from a recognised university.

d. He/she is a person with a professional qualification equivalent to a three year or four year degree as decided by the BOM.

How To Apply

A person who wishes to be a candidate of the Postgraduate Diploma in Research Methods and Allied Aspects shall make an application to the respective Service Commander/ Inspector General or Police/ Head of Department who will submit these applications to the Registrar, KDU with their recommendations. All applicants will be required to pass an aptitude test conducted by KDU.


1 Year

Course Level

Post Graduate Diploma




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