Master of Science in International Shipping and Transport Logistics

Sept 2023 Entry
Programme code: 44087

Duration & Credit Requirement

Duration & Credit Requirement

Stream Code


Mode of Study
Normal Duration

2 years

Credits Required for Graduation

45 (39 academic credits and 6 training credits)

Fund Type
Initial Registration Credits

3 for local students
6 for non-local students

Tuition Fee

Covered by The Hong Kong Maritime and Logistics Scholarship Scheme

Programme Leader(s)

Programme Director

Dr YANG Dong


Scholarship Form Submission

  • Candidates are required to submit an admission application (44087-ISS) online together with the Scholarship form.


Other Self-Financed Programme

  • To join MSc in International Shipping and Transport Logistics (Mixed-mode) (44087-IFM/IPM) (33 credits), please click here for details.
  • Please submit the applications for 44087-IFM/IPM and 44087-ISS individually, as the applications for these two programmes are processed separately. The application fee is non-transferable.


Note to Applicants

  • Please complete all of the 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 is designed in consultation with industry leaders and prospective employers.
  • Academic theory is balanced with professional practice.
  • Multidisciplinary knowledge is integrated with specialist expertise.
  • Graduates can pursue diverse career paths.
  • Graduates are granted exemptions from professional examinations.
  • Postgraduate Diploma is offered as an intermediate exit.



The programme embodies a sound balance between academic theory and professional practice. The combination of Compulsory Subjects with a choice of Electives plus a mandatory internship reflects the multidisciplinary nature of the business and the diversity of the career paths that graduates can pursue.


Within 3 calendar months of successfully completing the programme, scholarship recipients must commit to working full time in the Hong Kong maritime industry for no fewer than 12 consecutive calendar months.

Recognition & Prospects

Recognition & Prospects

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


Graduates with MSc in International Shipping and Transport Logistics programme are granted exemption from the following subject by the Institute of Chartered Shipbrokers:

  • Introduction to Shipping



Programme Structure (Subject to review)

Scholarship recipients receive the core knowledge that is essential in the shipping, transport and logistics industries and in-depth knowledge of selected specialised areas in line with their needs and aspirations. An array of Elective Subjects is available that allows scholarship recipients to specialise in areas that would normally be impossible to cover in depth within the time constraints of the first degree.


Students must complete 39 academic credits (1 Compulsory Subject, 4 International Shipping Core Subjects, 3 Restricted Elective Subjects and 5 Free Elective Subjects) and 6 training credits (240-hour Maritime Industry Internship) (exemption may be granted to local scholarship recipients with relevant internship/work experience). In terms of Free Elective Subjects, students can opt for a 6-credit Project plus 3 Free Electives.


Core Areas of Study

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

Compulsory Subject+

(1 subject – 3 credits)

  • International Logistics Systems, Operations and Management


International Shipping Core Subjects+

(4 subjects – 12 credits)

  • Organisational Management in Shipping and Logistics
  • Port Policy and Management
  • Ship Chartering Strategies
  • Liner Shipping Management


Restricted Elective Subjects+

​(3 subjects – 9 credits)

  • Choose at least one subject from the focus on Shipping Economics and Finance:
    • Shipping Economics and Markets
    • Finance for Shipping and Logistics
  • Choose at least one subject from the focus on Shipping Law and Insurance:
    • Law and Practice in Marine Insurance
    • Shipping Law
  • Choose at least one subject from the focus on International logistics:
    • Air Transport Logistics and Management
    • Supply Chain Management


Note: Students may take more than 3 Restricted Elective Subjects. The additional subjects will be counted as Free Elective Subjects.


Free Elective Subjects+

(Any 5 subjects – 15 credits)

Focus on International Shipping:

  • Maritime Logistics

Focus on Shipping Economics and Finance:

  • Accounting for Managers
  • Derivatives and Risk Management in Shipping

Focus on Shipping Law and Insurance:

  • Admiralty Law
  • Contract Management
  • Maritime Arbitration Law

Focus on International logistics (Air Logistics Management):

  • Intermodal Transport Management
  • Air Transport Regulatory Policy
  • Airline Strategic Management
  • Aviation Marketing
  • Aviation Safety Management
  • Airport Business Management


  • Transport Logistics in China
  • Project Management
  • Risk Management in Operations
  • Statistics for Management
  • Managing Operations Systems
  • Enterprise Resource Planning
  • Applications of Decision-Making Models
  • Strategies and Technologies in Warehousing Management
  • Information Systems for Supply Chain Management
  • Coding for Management with Python (Subject to approval)
  • Project (6 credits)
  • Research Methods
  • E-Commerce


Each subject carries three credits, and the Project carries six credits.


Mandatory Training Subject (6 credits)

  • Maritime Industry Internship


Information on the subjects offered can be obtained here.


Subjects are offered according to class quota availability.

Entrance Requirements

Entrance Requirements

Local Applicants

  • A Bachelor's degree in any discipline.


Chinese Mainland and Overseas Applicants

  • A Bachelor's degree in International Shipping or Maritime Studies or other relevant disciplines with:
    i)  English is the medium of instruction;
    ​ii) English is not the medium of instruction; in this case, applicants are also required to meet one of the following requirements:

    • an IELTS Academic Test score of at least 6; or
    • a TOEFL Internet-based test score of at least 80, including a score of at least 20 in the Test of Written English; or
    • a TOEFL paper-based test score of at least 550, including a score of at least 4.5 in the Test of Written English.

Other Information

Other Information


  • Shortlisted candidates may be invited to attend admission interviews.


Class Arrangement

  • Subjects are offered in a variety of modes, including on weekday evenings, during the daytime and at weekends.


Conditions of Scholarship

  • Scholarship recipients in breach of any of the following conditions must refund the scholarship amount received in full to the Scholarship Scheme:
    • recipients are not allowed to concurrently hold any other local merit-based incentive while enrolled in the programme;
    • recipients are required to complete the programme, covering 39 academic credits and 6 training credits of the Maritime Industry Internship (exemption may be granted to local scholarship recipients with relevant internship/work experience); and
    • within 3 calendar months of successful completion of the programme, recipients must commit to working full time in the Hong Kong maritime industry for no fewer than 12 consecutive calendar months.
  • Each scholarship recipient is required to sign an undertaking that will form a contract between the recipient and the Scholarship Scheme.


Student visa and other information for non-local students



For further information:
Tel: (852) 2766 4065


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

Student Message

Student Message

I am really grateful to have received the opportunity to join this programme that is instructed by distinguished and enthusiastic teaching staff. The teaching staff not only shared their experience with us but also encouraged us to critically think about a spectrum of industry topics through group discussions, and gave us opportunities to combine academic knowledge with industry practice through stimulations and projects. These teaching and learning activities improved my analytical thinking and helped me gain market insight.


I also appreciate the strong bonding developed during my postgraduate study with teachers and classmates with diverse backgrounds. Both during and after the programme, we often exchanged market updates, latest seminars and career opportunities with one another. This programme moulded me into a more competent maritime and logistics practitioner and upskilled me to climb the corporate ladder with my current employer who acknowledges the quality education provided by PolyU’s Department of Logistics and Maritime Studies.

CHUEN Sui Ting

Before joining the master programme, I was working in the IT sector of the shipping industry, where I used to develop and maintain different systems for the shipping company. That is when I found my interest in working in the shipping industry. Therefore, to enrich my knowledge of the shipping domain, I enrolled in this master programme.


This programme provided me with specialised knowledge of international shipping and logistics management. I acquired wide knowledge of maritime transport and logistics within a broad framework of international transport and trade. The knowledge can benefit my career. For example, I have learnt a lot about the shipping process, which can guide me in designing creative and intelligent systems to bring more value to the company. 


Moreover, this programme is supported by Hong Kong Maritime and Logistics Scholarship, which has significantly eased my financial concern over joining this master programme.

FONG Yik Chun

Additional Documents Required

Additional Documents Required

Curriculum Vitae


Personal Statement


Scholarship Application Form


Transcript / Certificate


Info Seminar

Info Seminar

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Programme Leaflet

Programme Leaflet

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