Master of Science/Postgraduate Diploma in Global Supply Chain Management

Sept 2019 Entry
Programme code: 44089

Duration & Credit Requirement

Stream Code

GSM for MSc
GSP for PgD

Mode of Study
Normal Duration

2.5 years for MSc
1.5 years for PgD

Credits Required for Graduation

30 for MSc,
18 for PgD

Fund Type
Initial Registration Credits

3 for local students
6 for non-local students

Tuition Fee

HK$159,000 per programme for MSc
HK$95,400 per programme for PgD

Programme Leader(s)

Programme Director

Dr Leon Li
MSc, PhD


Exit Award

  • Students admitted to the MSc programme may apply for early exit with a Postgraduate Diploma, subject to meeting the specified credit requirements.


Note to Applicants

  • Please complete all relevant fields and enclose necessary documents. Incomplete applications cannot be processed promptly.

Aims & Characteristics

Programme Aims

This programme equips executives with the capacity to create and sustain competitiveness in the supply chain through balancing cost, quality and efficiency.



  • Broad knowledge and skills in global supply chain management
  • A thorough grounding in subjects which lead to the knowledge and intellectual capability required for an understanding and critical analysis of supply chain management problems
  • Awareness of the global supply chain management environment and management issues
  • An array of purchasing related subjects



The programme embodies both sound academic theory and professional practice. The combination of Compulsory Subjects and a wide range of Electives, including purchasing-related subjects, reflects the multidisciplinary nature of the business that students in the programme can pursue.

Recognition & Prospects

Graduates with the MSc in Global Supply Chain Management having fulfilled certain subject requirements are granted accreditation by The Chartered Institute of Procurement & Supply (CIPS) and may apply for full membership.  (Subject to review each year).


Graduates with the MSc in Global Supply Chain Management are granted full exemption from the Qualifying Examination of the Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transport in Hong Kong (CILTHK). 


Graduates with the PgD in Global Supply Chain Management are granted partial exemption from the Qualifying Examination of the Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transport in Hong Kong (CILTHK). 


Programme Structure

Students are provided with the core knowledge that is essential for all managers in the supply chain field, and in-depth knowledge in selected subjects to suit their needs and aspirations.


For the MSc 
Students must complete 30 credits (1 Compulsory Subject, 4 Restricted Elective Subjects and 5 Free Elective Subjects).


For the PgD 
Students must complete 18 credits (1 Compulsory Subject, 4 Restricted Elective Subjects and 1 Free Elective Subject).


Each subject carries three credits while GSCM Project carries six credits.


Core Areas of Study

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


Compulsory Subject+

  • Supply Chain Management*


Restricted Elective Subjects+

Students need to choose at least 4 Restricted Elective Subjects (for both the MSc and the PgD)


Choose at least 2 from:

  • International Logistics Management*
  • Managing Operations Systems*
  • Models for Decision Making*


Choose at least 1 from:

  • Global Sourcing & Supply*
  • Strategic Procurement Management*


Choose at least 1 from:

  • E-Commerce*
  • Information Systems for Supply Chain Management*

Students can take more Restricted Elective Subjects than required, and they will be counted as Free Elective Subjects.


Free Elective Subjects+

  • Air Transport Logistics & Management
  • Applications of Decision Making Models
  • Business Analytics
  • Contract Management
  • Enterprise Resource Planning
  • GSCM Project
  • Lean Thinking & Practice
  • Maritime Logistics
  • Organisational Management in Shipping & Logistics
  • Practice of Global Supply Chain Management
  • Project Management
  • Risk Management in Operations
  • Statistics for Management
  • Supplier Development
  • Total Quality Management
  • Transport Logistics in China
  • Warehousing & Materials Management


Information on the subjects offered can be obtained at


The offering of subjects is subject to class quota availability.

* These subjects have been included in the list of reimbursable courses for Continuing Education Fund (CEF) purposes.

Entrance Requirements

  • A Bachelor's degree in a business-related discipline or the equivalent.
  • For non-business degree holders, 2-year relevant work experience or relevant background knowledge is required.


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


Priority will be given to applicants with relevant work experience.


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 of Study@PolyU for details.

Other Information


  • Shortlisted candidates may be invited to attend admission interviews.  Applications submitted before the end of December 2018 catch up the 1st round of interview in mid January 2019.  Other rounds of interviews will also be conducted afterwards.


Class Arrangement

  • Classes are normally scheduled on weekday evenings in three semesters (including an optional Summer Term) within an academic year.


For further information:
Tel: (852) 2766 7409


For academic matters, please contact:
Mr Owen Tang, Programme Manager (tel: (852) 2766 4782; email:; 
or Dr Leon Li, Programme Director (tel: (852) 2766 7369; email:

Student Message

Education is more than just the learning of facts; it is also the training of the mind to think. This programme is more than just education, as it integrates the theory and business practices and encourages innovation. I gained much more than I had thought I would from the programme.

HAU Wing Hon

Additional Documents Required

Curriculum Vitae


Employer's Recommendation



Personal Statement


Not more than 200 words of self-introduction and a statement about your career aspiration in 5 years.

Programme Leaflet


Transcript / Certificate



Info Seminar

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