Bachelor of Business Administration (Honours) in International Shipping and Transport Logistics

Sept 2017 Entry

Programme code: JS3674

Duration and Credit Requirement

Mode of Study
Normal Duration

4 years

Credits Required for Graduation

120 (plus 3 training credits)

Fund Type
Consider Second Choice Applications
Programme Leader(s)

Programme Leader

Dr T. L. Yip

Deputy Programme Leader

Dr Kelvin Pang
BSc, MSc, PhD

  • This programme is offered within the BBA(Hons) Scheme.
  • The credit requirements of this programme are indicative only. They are subject to review.
  • All BBA(Hons) students must complete a short work placement during their studies, either in summer or during semester time. The Department provides assistance in finding suitable placements.

Aims and Characteristics

Programme Aims & Learning Outcomes

This programme provides a well-rounded business education, along with an opportunity to specialise in international shipping and logistics management. It enables students to acquire a wide knowledge of maritime transport and logistics within a general broad perspective of international transport and trade.


The programme fosters strong management skills, in areas including communication and presentation, leadership and teamwork, problem solving and the effective use of information technology. Graduates are equipped with the skills that are necessary to understand and manage maritime organizations and personnel.


Programme Characteristics

International shipping and transport logistics management is a lively and interesting subject to study, with an emphasis on developing practical skills and academic and professional knowledge.


There is a strong emphasis on interactive and student-centred learning methods, including case studies and simulation exercises. Local and international visits to companies and other organizations are arranged, and senior practitioners are invited as guest speakers to share their practical experiences with students.


All students within the Faculty of Business are encouraged to participate in the Whole Person Development Programme (WPDP), which includes a range of extracurricular activities, such as leadership training camps, peer tutoring, mentorship, and overseas and the Chinese mainland exchanges.


Each student is assigned a mentor who is an experienced executive or a manager in the business world and who provides advice and support and helps students to plan their careers and prepare for their first jobs after graduation.


If they wish, and subject to availability, the BBA students can spend a semester studying at another university overseas or in the Chinese mainland and have the credits counted towards their PolyU degree.


Work-Integrated Education (WIE)
To graduate, every student must complete 300 hours (3 training credits) of WIE. The Department has developed opportunities for students to work in firms either during the summer vacation or as part-timers. Summer placements may be found in Hong Kong, the Chinese mainland or overseas. These, and other forms of work experience, can count towards the WIE requirement.


This is a very flexible programme that offers a wide range of subject choices in the fields of international shipping and logistics management.


Year One covers the University Core Curriculum and fundamental business subjects, such as Leadership & Intrapersonal Development, Healthy Lifestyle, Introduction to Psychology, Introduction to Economics, Introduction to Statistics for Business, along with Broadening subjects and Language and Communication Requirements subjects.


From Year Two onwards, students continue their general business education by taking such subjects as Strategic Management, and also study international shipping and logistics management in greater depth through such subjects as Shipping Logistics, Economics of International Transport Logistics, Carriage of Goods Law, Shipbroking and Chartering Management, and Shipping Finance. Students have the opportunity to choose from a wide range of Electives in international shipping and logistics. They also have the chance to integrate their knowledge through the one-year-long capstone project in the final year of study.


Along with a Major in International Shipping and Transport Logistics, students can take a Minor, either in another business programme or in a non-business programme.

Recognition and Prospects

Professional Recognition

Graduates are granted full exemption from the Professional Qualifying Examination (PQE) (Logistics Stream) of The Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transport (CILT).


Graduates are also granted partial exemption from the qualifying examinations of the following professional bodies:

  • The Institute of Chartered Shipbrokers (ICS)
  • Marine Department, The Government of the HKSAR – remission of sea services for the purpose of attempting the Class 3 Certificate of Competency (Deck Officer) examination.


Graduates are also qualified to register as Associate Member of The Institute of Purchasing & Supply of Hong Kong (IPSHK).


Students who passed the subject LGT3106 Quality Management are also eligible to apply for the Six Sigma Institute (SSI)’s Registered Six Sigma Yellow Belt registration and recognition.


Career Prospects

Graduates with a BBA(Hons) in International Shipping and Transport Logistics are qualified in and well accepted by many sectors of the shipping and logistics industry, including ship owners, ship brokers, charterers, shipping agencies, air and/or sea freight forwarders, international express operators, third party logistics operators, container terminal operators, warehouse operators, law firms, cargo airlines, liner shipping operators, insurance brokers, marine insurance companies and international protection and indemnity clubs.

Entrance Requirements

Please click here to view the entrance requirements for international applicants.


Office Tel. No.  Office Fax No. Email Address Website
2766 4607 2330 2704

Student Message

In the International Shipping and Transport Logistics programme we gain both a basic and a more detailed picture of how important shipping and logistics are for the future globalised world. We touch on subjects that give us insights into how airports, ports and roads are run.


In addition to learning about how the shipping industry operates now, we also touch on the challenges that the industry might encounter in the near future, such as the possible outcomes of customers demanding lower levels of pollution and lower prices but more products. I believe this will enable me to analyse and exploit industry possibilities during my career.


I definitely believe that the International Shipping and Transport Logistics programme is preparing me well for a career in the shipping industry. Moreover, it is helping me to understand the importance of logistics in today's world.

Kristian Viflot

Additional Documents Required

Transcript / Certificate


Interview Arrangement

Date: Between November and March
Mode:Individual Interview

To evaluate the potential for and interest of applicants in the programme, and to test their language and communication skills and understand their non-academic qualities and achievements.


About 15 minutes


Selected applicants will be invited to face-to-face, telephone or on-line interview.