Master of Science/Postgraduate Diploma in Global Supply Chain Management

Sept 2020 Entry
Programme code: 44089

Duration & Credit Requirement

Stream Code

GFM for MSc (Full-time)
GFP for PgD (Full-time)
GPM for MSc (Part-time)
GPP for PgD (Part-time)

Mode of Study
Mixed Mode
Normal Duration

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

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$201,000 per programme (HK$6,700 per credit) for local MSc students
HK$210,000 per programme (HK$7,000 per credit) for non-local MSc students
HK$120,600 per programme (HK$6,700 per credit) for local PgD students
HK$126,000 per programme (HK$7,000 per credit) for non-local PgD students

Programme Leader(s)

Programme Director

Prof. Amanda Wang


Exit Award

  • 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). 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.


Duration of Study

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


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 by balancing cost, quality and efficiency.



  • Broad knowledge and skills in global supply chain management
  • A thorough grounding in subjects that 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 who have 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). 


Graduates of the MSc in Global Supply Chain Management with two years' work experience in the purchasing/supply chain/logistics field or a related field are qualified to register as members of The Institute of Purchasing & Supply of Hong Kong (IPSHK).


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 

  • Part-time mode: two and a half academic years including optional summer terms
  • Full-time mode: one academic year including an optional summer term


For the PgD 

  • Part-time mode: one and a half academic years including an optional summer term
  • Full-time mode: one academic year including an optional summer term


Each subject carries three credits and the 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
  • Managing Innovation
  • 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 here.


The offering of subjects is subject to class quota availability.

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

Entrance Requirements

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


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. Applicants who submit their applications before the end of December 2019 will be invited to join 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.


For further information:
Tel: (852) 2766 7409


For academic matters, please contact:
Mr Owen Tang, Programme Manager (tel: (852) 2766 4782; email:; 
or Prof. Amanda Wang, Programme Director (tel: (852) 2766 4683; email:

Student Message

The programme was more practical than I had expected, which enhanced my knowledge of all aspects of supply chain management, especially procurement for gaining access to the industry. Also, the programme trained me to think in a more structured, systematic, and comprehensive way when solving problems at work. In addition, the majority of my classmates are working in the supply chain industry, so the programme provided me with a good opportunity to meet professionals from the industry and learn from them.

HO Cheuk Hang

Additional Documents Required

Curriculum Vitae


Employer's Recommendation



Personal Statement


Your self-introduction and career aspiration in 5 years shall be provided. (Word limit: 200) 

Transcript / Certificate



Info Seminar

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Programme Leaflet

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