Degree Programme


With the new curriculum, the faculty offers BSc Surveying Sciences degree in five areas of Specialization. They are:

1) Bachelor of Science Honours in Surveying Sciences in Surveying & Geodesy

2) Bachelor of Science Honours in Surveying Sciences in Land Management

3) Bachelor of Science Honours in Surveying Sciences in Hydrographic Surveying

4) Bachelor of Science Honours in Surveying Sciences in Remote Sensing

5) Bachelor of Science Honours in Surveying Sciences in Geographic Information System

All students entering the faculty must follow the core courses during the first five semesters. Selection for the specialization is done at the end of 3rd year 1st semester, based on personal preference and merit. According to the Sri Lanka Qualification Framework (SLQF) guidelines, a Bachelor of Science Honours degree needs to offer a minimum of 120 credits. In addition to that SLQF also stress that for every one hour of lectures, a student is expected to carry out at least 2-2½ additional hours of independent learning. For every 2 hours of laboratory work, a student is expected to carry out at least 1 additional hour of independence studies.

A student of the Faculty of Geomatics needs to obtain at least 133 credits to be eligible for graduation, of which 97 credits come from the common but compulsory core of the programme, with the rest from selected specialization courses. 

Flow chart of the structure of the degree programme


Above figure shows that the core of the programme consists of five (05) semesters, with two (02) semesters of taught specialization and one (01) semester for industrial training.

Type of study

This Bachelor of Science Honours in Surveying Sciences degree is offered as a full time course by the Faculty of Geomatics, Sabaragamuwa University of Sri Lanka at the main campus situated at Belihuloya. Further the medium of conduct of this course is English language.

Refer,Faculty Hand book for the criteria of the selection for specialisation

The student should apply for specialization, indicating the preferences at the end of the 5semester. However, if there are more applicants for a course than viable, examination results of the core programme will be considered. Additionally, a student needs to pass all relevant pre-requisite courses from the core programme to be eligible for his/her choice of specialization. The pre-requisite subjects will be decided by each Department.

The student has to apply for his/her choice of optional courses, from the courses offered by each Department, before the commencement of the new semester. Then, he/she is allowed to add or drop courses until the end of the first week of the semester, if necessary.

At the same time, a student can apply for a greater number of courses than the number of courses required to earn the prescribed minimum number of credits. In this case, the student must choose and specify the courses that are to be counted for the Final Grade Point (FGP), and the grades of the rest of the optional courses will be recorded in the detailed transcript but not counted towards the calculation of the FGP. However, all decisions are subject to discussion and approval by the Faculty Board of the Faculty of Geomatics.

Refer,Faculty Hand book for the proposed courses for each semester, with the appropriate number of credits per course. This further includes detailed course outlines, synopses, and course contents.

Duration of study and methods

The duration of the study is:

(a) Minimum 8 semesters (4 years)

(b) Maximum 12 semesters (6 years) The methods of teaching and learning are as shown;

Directed Learning


Power point presentation/Conventional delivery methods




Discussing and solving problems/questions with students

Student Centred

Students presenting certain topics in the curriculum, debates, homework ,Learning (SCL) group/individual presentations


Knowledge imparted by a resource person/expert to a ‘class’ with minimum or no

practical component


Knowledge imparted by a resource person/expert to a ‘class’ with the major portion comprising of hands-on experience

Independent Learning

SCL activities Preparation for SCL activities in class Assignments Questions/Quizzes/Presentations/Demonstrations/Debates Projects Individual/Group activities involving a certain topic/activity e-Learning Use of electronic media, commonly the internet for education Homework Studies that a student has to do out of the class hours Field visit Report/ Presentations/ Viva Revision Working through the entire curriculum by oneself (before the final examination)

 Program learning outcomes (PLOs)

The basic learning outcomes that must be demonstrated by the students at the end of the programme are summarised as follows.

Description of the Learning Programme

(a) Knowledge

  • An adequate theoretical knowledge to plan and conduct Geomatics related projects
  • Ability to use techniques, skills & modern tools to solve Geomatics related problems effectively & creatively
  • To manage geo-spatial data effectively

(b) Skills

  • Ability to apply his knowledge and skills to enhance the management of the natural and anthropogenic resources for the sustainable development of the nation
  • Ability to think critically and solve problems efficiently
  • Ability to lead a team effectively to achieve a common goal
  • Ability to communicate effectively
  • Ability to apply skills in financial, operational and human resource management
  • Ability to apply entrepreneurial skills effectively

(c) Attitudes

  • Ability to work independently & in collaboration with others
  • Care of instruments and other resources
  • Intellectual integrity, respect for truth & for the ethics of research & scholarly activities
  • An ability to lead the community and the willingness to accept social & civic responsibilities
  • Respect the values of the other individuals and groups, and an appreciation of human and cultural diversity
  • Continuous professional and personal development