Central University of Kerala (CUK) is one of the 15 new Central Universities established under The Central Universities Act, 2009 (Act No.25 of 2009). CUK is situated at Kasaragod, the northern-most district of Kerala, and has state-wide jurisdiction. It started functioning from a transit campus in Vidyanagar housing the Administrative Offices, Humanities Schools, University Library, Computer Centre, Language Lab, and the University Guest House. The Riverside Transit Campus at Padannakad, 35 km further south, houses the Science Schools. The permanent campus of the university is being set up at Periye on a stretch of 310 acres of land beside the National Highway, at which academic activity will commence from the ensuing academic year
The duration of the postgraduate programme is 4 semesters. Each semester has a duration of 16-18weeks,with 5 working days and 30 instructional hours per week.
The programmes are organised under Choice Based Credit and Semester (CBCS) pattern. Curricular innovations of CBCS provide vertical integration of knowledge and equip the students for successful performance in any competitive task in any part of the world. Students are offered two types of courses: (a) Core courses, identified by each Department, aimed at providing a broad base in the concerned subject of study; (b) Elective courses, chosen by the students in consultation with the Faculty Advisor. In addition to these, each student will have to do a Dissertation/Project work emphasising the application of knowledge to real problems. The minimum total credits required for the successful completion of a PG programme is 72 credits within 4 semesters. Out of the 72 credits, a student has to secure a minimum of 48 but not more than 60 credits, including that of the Dissertation for Core courses, and a minimum of 12 but not more than 24 credits for Elective courses