Academic Programmes


The Academic Year consists of two terms with an average of hundred lecture days per term. Classes are held from Monday to Friday on a regular basis. The Sri Lankan government calendar for holidays is not followed by the DBCIPH. Holidays are planned for significant religious and cultural celebrations associated with the nature and mission of DBCIPH. Two major holidays are planned in December and June. The minimum class attendance per semester is 80%.

All the students of DBCIPH are offered the possibility of obtaining a triennial BA Philosophy. The biennial Diploma in Philosophy is granted by the Salesian Pontifical University (UPS) in Rome. However, it is possible that some students may not succeed in obtaining a BA degree/diploma. If after the supplementary exams they are still unsuccessful, they can be awarded a Diploma in Philosophy if they clear all the semester exams and the comprehensive exams of the 3-year curriculum.

Further, those students who may be required by their Provincials/Superiors to do a 2-year course of philosophy only, can terminate their studies after having passed in the semester exams, comprehensive exams and successfully defended a thesis at the end of the second year obtaining a Diploma in Philosophy from DBCIPH, and proceed to any other university for a graduation in another institute/college. Their curriculum will be arranged accordingly. Passing in the biennium of philosophy with a Diploma is the requirement to proceed to theological studies in view of preparation for priestly ordination as required by Church laws.


  1. The institution offers a three year Academic Programme leading to a Bachelor of Art in Philosophy with a special orientation to education and Salesian Pedagogy.
  2. The academic programme is comprised of six semesters.
  3. Each class day has five frontal class periods. Each period is comprised of 45 minutes.
  4. One credit is equivalent to twelve hours. It includes the number of hours allotted for research in the Library, study leave and examinations.
  5. The ECTS grading scale is the system adopted by the institute joining under the common umbrella for the organization of the didactic activity followed by the Salesian Pontifical University (UPS) in Rome.
  6. The courses are articulated according to a dual modality comprised of Basic Module (BM) and Advance Module (AM). All the courses are within a triple subdivision comprising specific Credits/ECTS:
  • Obligatory Fundamental Subjects.
  • Obligatory Complementary Subjects.
  • Optional Subjects comprising.