Child rights has evolved into a distinct academic discipline with theoretical and practical importance, drawing inspiration from several fields of study such as law, public administration, law enforcement, national security, public policy formulation and implementation etc. It has been an evolving academic subject in postgraduate levels in universities throughout the world.

The Postgraduate Diploma in Child Protection and Rights PGDip (CPR) is a postgraduate programme targeted at child protection sector, child rights and human rights activists, professionals engaged in protecting and promoting child rights and preventing child abuse in the society. ‘Rights of Children and their protection’ has been a key topic of interest among academics, administrators, policy makers, NGOs, INGOs, donor community and interested members of the civil society over the past years. This Programme is intended to provide and develop the necessary knowledge, skills and attitudes in the area of child protection, rights and policy.


Academics, Government officers and law enforcing officers who deal with issues pertaining to children, personnel who engage in work in the child protection sector, child rights and human rights activists, journalists, teachers and other interested persons and professionals engaged in protecting and promoting child rights and preventing child abuse in the society and the interested members of civil society.

This course is designed based on the credit value system of Sri Lanka Qualification Framework Level 8 (SLQF 8) and it allows a candidate to earn 30 credits within the period of one year (01) by successfully completing eight (8) course modules.

Semester I

PgDCPR 8101 – Child Protection and Rights: Legal Framework

PgDCPR 8102 – Child Development and Child Psychology

PgDCPR 8103 – Child Vulnerability and Challenging Behaviour

PgDCPR 8104 – Research Methods and Ethics


Semester II

PgDCPR 8201 – Juvenile Justice System

PgDCPR 8202 – Child Protection and Alternative Care

PgDCPR 8203 – Emerging Trends in Child Protection and Rights

PgDCPR 8204 – Field Work Placement and Report

  1. A bachelor’s degree from any recognized university or an equivalent qualification recognised by the University of Colombo;

(a) including 30 credits in the relevant subject area; or

(b) with prior learning/work experience equivalent to 30 credits in the relevant subject area;


  1. An educational/professional qualification in the relevant subject area equivalent to 1(a) or 1(b) with prior learning/work experience which is acceptable to the Academic Committee of the CSHR, Faculty Board of the Faculty of Law and the Senate of the University of Colombo;


  1. Completion of NVQ level 7, as determined by the Senate of the University of Colombo.


A good knowledge of Sinhala/Tamil/English language as the case maybe and satisfactory performance at a selection test and/or selection interview.

The medium of instruction and examination shall be Sinhala, Tamil and English.

Application fee            Rs.2, 000/-


Registration fee          Rs.       5,000/-

Course fee                   Rs.   161,000/-

Examination fee          Rs.     14,000/-   

Total                              Rs.   180,000/- (without application fee)


  • To support and facilitate the internalization of ethics, values and fundamentals of the three core disciplines relating to child protection – child development, social work and law. In this regard the embodiment of fundamentals will be preferred to the memorization of contents.
  • To provide candidates with the relevant contextual and systemic knowledge and frameworks for child protection.
  • To equip candidates with the experiential and technical knowledge to think about and make sense of child development and those factors that undermine normal development.
  • To provide clear tools, principles and methodologies for contributing to the processes of social protection and prevention.
  • To provide a clear focus on the child in contact with the law to work effectively with different services and achieve better and positive outcomes.
  • To develop a reflective practitioner of child protection who is able to work effectively at the social and legal levels of child protection and support the development of a system with a right based approach.

Application form can be download form the top of this page.

 Payment of the application fee can be done through the following options.

Option 1

Application fee of LKR 2000/= can be paid by using the code 335026100002 through any People’s Bank Branch in favour of ‘University of Colombo-Main Collection Account’.

Please note that you cannot make direct transfers through online banking to the account number given and can only make the transaction through the web portal mentioned in option 2.

Option 2

Through the university web portal available at (Online payment)

Use the following details;

Fee Type: Course Fee-CSHR

Account reference Number: 335026100002

Duly completed application form along with the certified copies of National Identity Card, Birth Certificate, relevant education and professional qualifications and work experience and payment slip should sent through the registered post to:

Centre for the Study of Human Rights,
Faculty of Law,
University of Colombo,
No.94, Cumaratunga Munidasa Mawatha, Colombo 03, Sri Lanka.

Please mention the programme name on the left side of the envelope.

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