The Division conducting two postgraduate courses – PG Diploma/MEng in Highway & Traffic Engineering and PG Diploma/MSc in Transportation.
The participants are selected after open advertisement, on the basis of their educational qualifications, experience and relevance of the studies to their work. Throughout the years, participants for Highway & The TED commenced its post-graduate program in October 1993. The fourth intake for the PG Diploma Courses in Highway and Traffic Engineering were admitted in October 98. The joint intake is around 20-25 students, most of whom have Civil Engineering backgrounds. Agencies such as the Road Development Authority (RDA), Road Construction & Development Co. (Pvt.) Ltd (RC&DC), Colombo Municipal Council (CMC), Sri Lanka Railway (SLR), National Transport Commission, Department of National Planning, Ministry of Transport & Highways, Provincial Road Development Authority provide sponsorship and leave for its employees who follow this course.
The syllabi for the PG courses is continuously upgraded to impart specialised knowledge and competence in state of the art techniques. The core subjects cover areas of transport policy and planning, transport economics and traffic engineering. General subjects include finance, costing, management, tax and law taught at a level applicable to a practising transport professional. An emphasis is made on analytical methods, which is taught under two full subjects. The specialised subjects cover highway planning, design, construction & maintenance, advanced traffic engineering and geotechnical engineering for the highway course and urban transport planning, demand analysis, public transport operations and advanced transport economics for the transport students. The course is also designed to obtain `hands-on' experience in fieldwork, analysis and planning stages of transport projects.
Students are encouraged on completion of the PG Diploma, to register for a MSc or MEng degree. Six Masters Degrees has been awarded up to 1999. The TED staffs presently supervise 24 Masters research thesis.