Master of Science/Postgraduate Diploma in Global Supply Chain Management

Sept 2023 Entry
Programme code: 44089

Duration & Credit Requirement

Duration & Credit Requirement

Stream Code

SFM for MSc (Full-time)
SFP for PgD (Full-time)
GPM for MSc (Part-time)
SPP for PgD (Part-time)

Mode of Study
Mixed Mode
Normal Duration

1.5 years (Full-time)
2.5 years (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$250,500 per programme (HK$8,350 per credit) for local and non-local MSc students
HK$150,300 per programme (HK$8,350 per credit) for local and non-local PgD students

LMS Taught Postgraduate Programme Scholarship Scheme

Scholarships will be awarded to applicants with outstanding qualifications. Please click here for details. (Application form: here)

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

Programme Leader(s)

Programme Director

Prof. SONG Miao


Exit Award

  • Students admitted to the MSc programme may apply for early exit with a Postgraduate Diploma if they have met the specified credit requirements.


Mode of Study

  • Mixed-mode
  • Students may take on either a full-time study load (9 credits or more in a semester) or a part-time study load (fewer than 9 credits in a semester). In general, one evening/daytime 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.


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 equips the students with the ability to create and sustain competitiveness in the supply chain by balancing cost, quality and efficiency.



  • Broad knowledge of and skills in global supply chain management
  • A thorough foundation in subjects that promote the knowledge and intellectual capability required for understanding and critically analysing 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 the students can pursue.

Recognition & Prospects

Recognition & Prospects

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


Graduates with 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 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 with MSc in Global Supply Chain Management and 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 and Supply of Hong Kong (IPSHK).



Programme Structure

Students receive the core knowledge that is essential for all managers in the supply chain field and in-depth knowledge of selected subjects in line with their needs and aspirations.

  • Part-time mode: 2.5 years, including optional summer terms
  • Full-time mode: 1.5 years, including an optional summer term


Core Areas of Study (Subject to review)

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

Compulsory Subject+

(3 subjects – 9 credits for both MSc and PgD)

  • International Logistics Systems, Operations and Management
  • Supply Chain Management*
  • Global Sourcing and Supply*


Restricted Elective Subjects+

(3 subjects – 9 credits for both MSc and PgD)

Choose at least one subject from the focus on operations:

  • Managing Operations Systems*
  • International Operations Management

Choose at least one subject from the focus on procurement:

  • Digital Procurement Management and Analytics
  • Contract Management

Choose at least one subject from the focus on information technology:

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


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


Free Elective Subjects+

(Any 4 subjects – 12 credits for MSc; 0 subject for PgD)

  • Accounting for Managers
  • Organisational Management in Shipping and Logistics
  • Transport Logistics in China
  • Air Transport Logistics and Management
  • Maritime Logistics
  • Lean Thinking and Practice
  • Project Management
  • Supplier Development
  • Risk Management in Operations
  • Statistics for Management
  • Models for Decision Making*
  • Total Quality Management
  • Enterprise Resource Planning
  • Applications of Decision-Making Models
  • Strategies and Technologies in Warehousing Management
  • Business Analytics
  • Managing Innovation
  • Coding for Management with Python (Subject to approval)
  • Project (6 credits) (MSc only)
  • Practice of Global Supply Chain Management


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


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

Entrance Requirements

  • A Bachelor’s degree in a business-related discipline or an equivalent qualification.
  • For non-business degree holders, 2 years of 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 for Taught Postgraduate Programmes of Study@PolyU for details.

Other Information

Other Information


  • Departments will consider applications on a rolling basis. Shortlisted candidates may be invited to attend admission interviews. Applicants who submit their applications before 30 November 2022 will be invited to join the first round of interviews in December 2022. Other rounds of interviews will be conducted afterwards.


Class Arrangement

  • Classes are normally scheduled on weekday evenings in 3 semesters (including an optional Summer Term) within an academic year.


Student visa and other information for non-local students



For further information:
Tel: (852) 3400 3866


For academic matters, please contact:
Prof. SONG Miao, Programme Director (tel: (852) 2766 5087; email:;
or Prof. Amanda WANG Yulan, Deputy Programme Director (tel: (852) 2766 4683; email:

Student Message

Student Message

This programme is definitely one of the most popular master programmes among supply chain professionals. People have recommended this programme to me mainly because it provides highly practical education. From my experience, the most practical aspect of this programme is that it not only taught traditional academic theories and knowledge but also addressed the contemporary issues in supply chain management, such as latest technological trends and applications, supply risk management and ethical and sustainable procurement practices. I learned a lot from the course lecturers, who included top academic scholars and experienced practitioners from the industry.


Upon completion of this programme, graduates are eligible for exemptions from the qualifying exams of certain professional recognitions, which is very useful for future personal career development. Overall, this programme equipped me with knowledge and skills to advance my career; therefore, I would recommend it to all aspirants in the supply chain management field.


As a newbie in the field of supply chain, I really appreciated the opportunity to join the MSc GSCM programme. 


There are three main reasons why I recommend this programme: the programme is high-quality and customisable and provides extensive networking.


First, high-quality teaching in this programme has helped me gain a systematic and comprehensive understanding of supply chain management. Throughout the course, I have always had the chance to communicate with respectable, responsible and knowledgeable professors. 


Furthermore, I appreciate the pool of selectable courses that are taught using various teaching methodologies and activities such as group projects, case studies, and simulation games combined with typical lectures and examinations. 


Importantly, I have had the opportunity to interact and cooperate with classmates from diverse industries and backgrounds. This has helped me broaden my horizons and make rapid advances in my career.


After this insightful learning experience, I am now prepared to unlock my future career, and I would highly recommend those looking to study supply chain management to join the MSc GSCM programme.

XUE Weixian

Additional Documents Required

Additional Documents Required

Curriculum Vitae


Employer's Recommendation



Personal Statement


The personal statement should provide a self-introduction and detail the candidate's 5-year career aspiration. (Word limit: 200.) 

Transcript / Certificate


Info Seminar

Info Seminar

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Programme Leaflet

Programme Leaflet

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