Master of Science/Postgraduate Diploma in International Shipping and Transport Logistics

Sept 2017 Entry
Programme code: 44087

Duration & Credit Requirement

Stream Code

IFM for MSc (Full-time)
IFP for PgD (Full-time)
IPM for MSc (Part-time)
IPP for PgD (Part-time)

Mode of Study
Mixed Mode
Normal Duration

1-2 years for MSc (Full-time)
1 year for PgD (Full-time)
2.5 years for MSc (Part-time)
1 year for PgD (Part-time)

Credits Required for Graduation

33 for MSc,
18 for PgD

Fund Type
Initial Registration Credits

3 for local students
6 for non-local students

Tuition Fee

HK$151,800 per programme for local MSc students 
HK$202,950 per programme for non-local MSc students

HK$82,800 per programme for local PgD students
HK$110,700 per programme for non-local PgD students

Programme Leader(s)

Programme Director

Dr Venus Lun

  • Students admitted to the MSc programme may apply for early exit with a Postgraduate Diploma, subject to meeting the specified credit requirements.  
  • Mode of Study: Mixed-mode. Students can pursue their studies with either a full-time study load (taking 9 credits or more in a semester) or a part-time study load (taking less than 9 credits in a semester). Depending on their study pace, students should normally be able to complete the MSc award full time in 1 to 2 years or part time in 2.5 years, and complete the PgD award in 1 year. Students are required to attend more classes in the evening if they choose the full-time option, and the duration is subject to class quota availability.
  • There is another programme, the MSc in International Shipping and Transport Logistics (Full-time Stream) (44087-ISS) (45 credits – 39 academic credits and 6 training credits) also available for application.
  • The Full-time Stream programme is for Hong Kong Maritime and Logistics Scholarship recipients only. Candidates are required to submit applications for the programme and the Scholarship together online. Please click here for details.
  • Applications for the two programmes are processed separately, and the application fee is non-transferable.
  • Note to Applicants
    Please complete all relevant fields and enclose necessary documents. Incomplete applications cannot be processed promptly.

Aims & Characteristics

Programme Aims

We aim to provide a specialist academic programme at the higher-degree level for the shipping, transport and logistics industries. This enriching learning experience helps graduates to introduce modern and cost-effective reforms into the industry. 


Our objectives are to:

  • Provide the up-to-date and in-depth knowledge of shipping and logistics vital for the continued development of the industries and Hong Kong;
  • Develop capabilities to tackle complex multidisciplinary problems through covering a host of topics such as logistics, economics, finance, management, law, insurance, marketing, IT applications and China practices; 
  • Nurture good practice and sound professional judgement by drawing upon the experience of practising professionals;
  • Develop the critical and analytical approach necessary to become a good decision maker; and
  • Prepare graduates for future advancement in the profession through self-development.



This is a multidisciplinary and specialist programme designed to attract students from diverse backgrounds. As such, it benefits from the range of professional experience that students can bring. The intellectual demands of the programme will challenge students to integrate and synthesise what traditionally are disparate disciplines. There is also an array of Elective Subjects that allow students to specialise in an area that would normally be impossible to cover in depth within the time constraints of a first degree.

Recognition & Prospects

Graduates of the MSc in International Shipping and Transport Logistics are granted full exemption from the Qualifying Examination of the Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transport in Hong Kong (CILTHK).


Graduates of the PgD in International Shipping and Transport Logistics are granted Level 1 and Level 2 (6 subjects) exemption from the Qualifying Examination of the CILTHK.


Graduates of the MSc/PgD in International Shipping and Transport Logistics are granted exemption on the following subjects of the Institute of Chartered Shipbrokers (ICS):

  • Introduction to Shipping
  • Legal Principles in Shipping Business
  • Logistics and Multimodal Transport (as long as logistics is taken and shown on the transcript)


Programme Structure

Mode of Study: Mixed-mode

Students can pursue their studies with either a full-time study load (taking 9 credits or more in a semester) or a part-time study load (taking less than 9 credits in a semester). In general, one evening class per week will be scheduled for each subject over a regular 13-week semester and two evening classes per week over a 7-week optional Summer Term.


For the MSc

  • Students have to complete 33 credits (5 Compulsory Subjects and 6 Elective Subjects). In terms of Elective Subjects, students may opt for a 9-credit Dissertation plus 3 Electives or a 6-credit Project plus 4 Electives.
  • Depending on their study pace, students should normally be able to complete the programme full time in 1 to 2 years and part time in 2.5 years, with a maximum study period of 5 years.


For the PgD

  • Students have to complete 18 credits (5 Compulsory Subjects and 1 Elective Subject). 
  • The programme should normally be completed within 1 year in full-time and part-time study load with a maximum study period of 2 years.


Students will be required to attend more classes in the evening if they choose the full-time option, and the duration of study will be subject to class quota availability.


Core Areas of Study

The following is a summary of the core areas of study. Detailed information will be provided upon registration.


Compulsory Subjects (for both MSc and PgD)+

  • Finance for Shipping & Logistics
  • International Logistics Systems, Operations & Management*
  • Organisational Management in Shipping & Logistics*
  • Shipping Law*
  • Supply Chain Management*


Elective Subjects+

  • Admiralty Law
  • Airline Strategic Management
  • Airport Business Management
  • Air Transport Logistics & Management
  • Air Transport Regulatory Policy
  • Applications of Decision Making Models
  • Aviation Marketing
  • Aviation Safety Management
  • Contract Management
  • Decision Support Modelling for Courier & Freight Management
  • Derivatives & Risk Management in Shipping
  • E-Commerce
  • Enterprise Resource Planning
  • Environmental Logistics
  • Intermodal Transport Management
  • Law & Practice in Marine Insurance
  • Liner Shipping Management
  • Logistics Information Systems/Information Systems for Supply Chain Management
  • Maritime Arbitration Law
  • Maritime & Port Environment
  • Maritime Logistics
  • Models for Decision Making
  • Port Economics
  • Port Policy & Management
  • Project Management
  • Risk Management in Operations
  • Research Methods
  • Ship Chartering Strategies
  • Shipping Economics & Markets
  • Statistics for Management
  • Strategic Procurement Management
  • Transport Logistics in China
  • Warehousing & Material Handling Systems/Warehousing & Materials Management
  • Dissertation/Project^


Information on the subjects offered can be obtained at  


Subjects are offered according to class quota availability.

* These subjects are included on the Continuing Education Fund (CEF) list of reimbursable courses.

^ Each subject counts for 3 credits, while the Dissertation and Project are worth 9 credits and 6 credits, respectively. These two subjects are mutually exclusive.

Entrance Requirements

  • A Bachelor's degree in International Shipping or Logistics or Maritime Studies, or other relevant disciplines;
  • A Bachelor's degree in Business or Management or other equivalent discipline with a minimum of 2-year work experience in the shipping, transport or logistics field;
  • A Bachelor's degree in any other discipline, with a minimum of 4-year work experience in the shipping, transport or logistics field;
  • Full membership in one of the following professional bodies:
    • The Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transport, Hong Kong
    • The Institute of Chartered Shipbrokers, UK
    • The Chartered Insurance Institute, UK
    • The Chartered Institute of Purchasing and Supply, UK


Candidates in senior management positions possessing other academic qualifications may also be considered on a case-by-case basis.


If you are not a native speaker of English, and your Bachelor's degree or equivalent qualification is awarded by institutions where the medium of instruction is not English, you are expected to fulfil the University’s minimum English language requirement for admission purpose. Please refer to the "Admission Requirements" section for details.

Other Information

  • Suitable candidates may be invited to attend admission interviews.  Online applications have to be submitted before end of January 2017 in order to catch up with the 1st round of interview in mid February 2017.  Other rounds of interviews will also be conducted afterwards.
  • Classes are normally scheduled on weekday evenings in three semesters (including an optional Summer Term) within an academic year. However, there might be occasional delivery in daytime or in short block mode over weekends.
  • Student visa, accommodation and other information for non-local students:



Master of Science in International Shipping and Transport Logistics Scholarship for International Student

  • For entry of Programme Stream 44087-IFM: MSc in International Shipping and Transport Logistics [Mixed-mode] (Full-time)
  • Available for overseas applicants, outside of Mainland China, Hong Kong and Taiwan with outstanding academic and non-academic performance
  • Waiver of tuition fee plus living cost subsidy
  • Please click here to download the application form for this scholarship.


The Hong Kong Maritime and Logistics Scholarship Scheme

  • For entry of Programme Stream 44087-ISS*
  • Available for all local and non-local applicants


* Programme Stream 44087-ISS: Full-time Mode under the MSc in International Shipping and Transport Logistics Programme. For details of this Scholarship and Programme Stream, 44087-ISS, please click here.


For further information, please contact:
Tel: (852) 2766 7409 / (852) 2766 5508


For information on academic matters, please contact: 
Mr Owen Tang, Programme Manager 
(tel: (852) 2766 4782; email:;
or Dr Venus Lun, Programme Director 
(tel: (852) 2766 7407; email:

Student Message

The excellent programme design and great learning experience helped me to extend my knowledge of the industry and apply it in a creative and effective way.

Sun Zhong Cheng

Additional Documents Required

Curriculum Vitae


Personal Statement


Programme Leaflet


Transcript / Certificate


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