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

Jan 2021 Entry
Programme code: 44087

Duration & Credit Requirement

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$201,300 per programme (HK$6,100 per credit) for local MSc students
HK$222,750 per programme (HK$6,750 per credit) for non-local MSc students
HK$109,800 per programme (HK$6,100 per credit) for local PgD students
HK$121,500 per programme (HK$6,750 per credit) for non-local PgD students

Targeted Taught Postgraduate Programmes Fellowships Scheme
A total of 5 fellowships shall be awarded to local students for the Master’s degree programme. Please click here for details.

PolyU reserves the right to change or withdraw the fellowship at any time. In case of any dispute/disagreement, PolyU’s decision is final.

Programme Leader(s)

Programme Director

Dr Dong Yang


Duration of Study

  • Students who wish to extend their studies beyond normal duration can submit such request to Departments/Faculties for consideration, as appropriate.


PgD Exit Award

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



The Hong Kong Maritime and Logistics Scholarship Scheme

  • For entry of Programme Stream 44087-ISS, please click here for details
  • Please submit the application for this Scholarship individually
  • Applications for the two programmes (44087-IFM and 44087-ISS) are processed separately, and the application fee is non-transferable.


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
  • Candidates are required to submit applications for the programme (44087-IFM) and this Scholarship together.


Note to Applicants

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

Aims & Characteristics

Aims & Characteristics

Programme Aims

This programme enables students to introduce modern and cost-effective reforms into the shipping, transport and logistics industries.



  • Curriculum designed in consultation with industry leaders and prospective employers
  • Academic theory balanced with professional practice
  • Multidisciplinary knowledge integrated with specialist expertise
  • Graduates pursue diverse career paths
  • Graduates granted exemptions from professional examinations
  • Postgraduate Diploma offered as an intermediate exit



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 challenge students to integrate and synthesise what are traditionally 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

Recognition & Prospects

Graduates with 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 with 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 with the MSc/PgD in International Shipping and Transport Logistics are granted exemption from the following subject by the Institute of Chartered Shipbrokers (ICS):

  • Introduction to Shipping



Programme Structure

Mode of Study: Mixed-mode

Students can take on either a full-time study load (9 credits or more per semester) or a part-time study load (fewer than 9 credits per semester). In general, one evening class per week is 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 addition to the Compulsory Subjects, students can choose to complete a 9-credit Dissertation plus 3 Electives or a 6-credit Project plus 4 Electives.
  • Students should complete the programme full time in 1 to 2 years and part time in 2.5 years.


For the PgD

  • Students have to complete 18 credits (5 Compulsory Subjects and 1 Elective Subject). 
  • The programme should be completed within 1 year by full-time and part-time study students.


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 Economics & Markets
  • Shipping Law*


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
  • Derivatives & Risk Management in Shipping
  • E-Commerce
  • Enterprise Resource Planning
  • Information Systems for Supply Chain Management
  • Intermodal Transport Management
  • Law & Practice in Marine Insurance
  • Liner Shipping Management
  • Maritime Arbitration Law
  • Maritime Logistics
  • Port Policy & Management
  • Project Management
  • Risk Management in Operations
  • Research Methods
  • Ship Chartering Strategies
  • Statistics for Management
  • Supply Chain Management*
  • Transport Logistics in China
  • Warehousing & Materials Management
  • Dissertation/Project^

Students may take Elective Subjects to specialise in one of the following areas:

  • Shipping and Transport Logistics
  • Shipping Law
  • Port Management
  • Air Logistics Management

Information on the subjects offered can be obtained at here.


Subjects are offered according to class quota availability.

* This subject is included in the list of reimbursable courses under the Continuing Education Fund.
* The relevant programme is recognised under the Qualifications Framework (QF Level[6]).


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

Entrance Requirements

Entrance Requirements

  • A Bachelor’s degree or equivalent qualification


  • 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


  • Applicants with other post-secondary qualifications and a history of employment in the maritime, shipping, transport or logistics industry for not fewer than 6 years, of which 3 years were in a managerial capacity, will also be considered.


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

Other Information


  • Shortlisted candidates may be invited to attend admission interviews. Applicants who submit their applications before the end of December 2019 will be invited to attend the first round of interviews in mid-January 2020. Other rounds of interviews will be conducted afterwards.


Class Arrangement

  • Classes are normally scheduled on weekday evenings in three semesters (including an optional Summer Term) within an academic year. However, classes are occasionally delivered in the daytime or in short block mode over weekends.


Student visa and other information for non-local students

  • Non-local students must obtain a valid student visa issued by the Hong Kong Immigration Department before being allowed to register as students or commence study with PolyU.
  • For information on living costs and related expenses in Hong Kong, please refer to



For further information:
Tel: (852) 2766 4065


For academic matters, please contact: 
Dr Dong Yang, Programme Director (tel: (852) 2766 7413; email:;
or Dr Stephen Li, Academic Advisor (tel: (852) 2766 5009; email:

Student Message

Student Message

This all-round programme provided me with insights into various sectors, including shipping, logistics, management, finance and law. The programme widened my horizons by offering both in-depth knowledge and a wide network, giving me the opportunity for further development in the industry and beyond.

XU Wenyi

Additional Documents Required

Additional Documents Required

Curriculum Vitae


Personal Statement


Transcript / Certificate


Info Seminar

Info Seminar

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Programme Leaflet

Programme Leaflet

Please click here to download.