Higher Diploma in Human Resource Management (HDHRM)

The Higher Diploma in Human Resource Management (HDHRM) is the new initiative introduced in year 2024 by the Department of Human Resources Management, Faculty of Management and Finance, University of Colombo to bring the knowledge and application of business and management among the students on par before proceeding with a Postgraduate Diploma in Business Administration or any other equivalent degree programme in the field in the field of Human Resource Management. More importantly, this programme would function as the bridging programme for the other academic programmes introduced by the Department of Human Resources Management of the Faculty.

Ms. Asheni De Silva
The Coordinator – HDHRM Programme

Eligibility Criteria

Category I

Diploma in Human Resource Management from University of Colombo or an equivalent qualification to which is acceptable to the Senate of the University of Colombo.


Category II

Minimum of three passes in any subject stream of GCE A/L in one and same sitting and minimum of three years’ experience in executive level in any public/private organization.


A good command in the language of instruction of the programme that the applicant applied for.

Programme Structure

Programme duration The programme duration is 1 year including lectures, continuous assessments, and written examinations.
Mode of Delivery: Onsite Lectures
Medium of Instruction: English or Sinhala
Lecture schedule This is a weekend programme and lectures are conducted every Sunday during the one year.
Time breaks Time breaks are following the ‘Trimester’ schedule where one-third part of the academic year.

A trimester has 15 weeks from its beginning and there are 3 trimesters for the whole programme of HDHRM (a trimester is subject to change based on circumstances).

Course units There are 10 course units to be completed in the HDHRM programme.

Those 10-course units are then divided into 3 trimesters.

Coursework This programme has only coursework with the inclusion of academic and practical components. No research projects are required to be carried out in the programme.

The coursework consists with lectures and assignments endorsed by the relevant lecturer in a particular course unit.

Credit allocation The entire programme of DHRM consists of 30 credits. Thus, one course unit is worth 3 credits.
Attendance Minimum of 80% attendance is a prerequisite either for onsite lectures.

The programme coordinator verifies attendance of every lecture conducted throughout the programme.

Learning partners are NOT permitted to sit for examinations if they do not satisfy the minimal attendance requirement.

Total investment Total investment for the course is Rs. 155,000.00

Learning partners can pay the total course fee in three installments (1st installment-Rs.55,000.00, 2nd installment -Rs.50,000.00 and third installment Rs.50,000.00. 1st installment should be paid before commencing the programme.


There are 10 course units to complete the HDHRM Programme. The curriculum is developed to span across 3 trimesters. A trimester comprises of 15 weeks and this is a course work based curriculum.

Core Faculty

Chair Professor Arosha S. Adikaram

[PhD (Col), MA in Labour Studies (Col), BBA(Col), CTHE (Col), Accreditation for Teaching in Higher Education (SEDA), AMIPM (SL)]

Chair Professor

Professor D. T. D. Kodagoda

[PhD (Bradford, UK), M.Com (India), BCom (Col)]


Professor Pavithra Kailasapathy

[PhD (Melb), MSBA (UMass-Amherst), MS in HRM (New School), Cr Cert in OD (New School), BBA (Colombo), CTHE (Colombo), AMIPM (SL)]


Dr. Mayuri Atapattu

[PhD (UNSW, Australia)[MBA (Col), BBA (Col), CTHE (Col), SEDA Certified Teacher in Higher Education (UK)]

Senior Lecturer – Grade I

Dr. Rajitha Silva

[PhD – University of Kelaniya, CTHE – Colombo, MBA –CSU,Aus, PGDip – UK, BBA – Col]

Senior Lecturer – Grade II

Senior Student Counsellor- University of Colombo

Dr. Dhananja Wanninayake

[PhD (UNSW-Australia), MBA (PIM-SJP), BBA (Colombo), CIMA (Passed Finalist), CTHE (Colombo), SEDA Certified Teacher in Higher Education (UK)]

Senior Lecturer – Grade II

Mr. Yohan Perera

[MHRM (Kelaniya), B.B. Mgt. (Special) in HRM (Kelaniya)]

Ms. Asheni De Silva

[Reading for Mphil (Col), MBA (PIM-SJP), LLB (London), BBA (Colombo)]
Lecturer (Probationary)

Mr. Isuru Chandradasa

[BBA in HRM (Ruh, SL), Reading for MSc (Sjp, SL)]

Lecturer (Probationary)

Mr. Sachin Carlton

[Reading for MBA (Col), B.B. Mgt. (Special) in HRM (Kelaniya), AAT Passed Finalist]
Assistant Lecturer

Official Address

Department of Human Resources Management

Faculty of Management & Finance

University of Colombo

Colombo 03, Sri Lanka.


+94 11 25 52 364

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Contact Us

Department of Human Resources Management 011 25 52 364 Department@hrm.cmb.ac.lk


The Coordinator – HDHRM Programme 0716314249 asheni@hrm.cmb.ac.lk


Programme Assistant – HDHRM Programme   nehelika@fmf.cmb.ac.lk