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Master of Science in Business Management

Sept 2022 Entry
Programme code: 02017

Faculty of Business

Stream Code


Mode of Study Full-time

Normal Duration

1 year

Credits Required for Graduation


Initial Registration Credits


Fund Type Self-Financed

Tuition Fee

HK$261,000 per programme (HK$7,250 per credit for 36 credits) for local students (excl. summer school)
HK$295,200 per programme (HK$8,200 per credit for 36 credits) for non-local students (excl. summer school)

In addition, students have to pay the fees for a summer school course offered by an AACSB or EQUIS accredited business school outside Greater China. Students make the payment of course fee directly to the offering institution, and also bear the costs of travel, accommodation, visa, insurance, etc. The MSc BM programme does not charge a fee for the 6 credits.

The list of summer school course available to students is reviewed regularly. The fees of some summer school courses in the previous years were approximately:

EUR1,200 for Ljubljana Summer School (including the cost of accommodation) in 2019/ 
GBP3,100 for Leeds International Summer School (including the cost of accommodation) in 2019/ 
DKK28,500 for International Summer University Programme of the Copenhagen Business School (excluding the cost of accommodation) in 2021 

Merit-based Scholarships are available.

  • International students merit-based tuition fee waiver
  • Local students merit-based tuition fee waiver
  • Mainland students merit-based tuition fee waiver

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
Dr Andy CHUI
BSSc, MPhil, PhD

Deputy Programme Director
Dr Boyoun Grace CHAE


  • This programme is offered within the Master of Business and Management Scheme.
  • Duration of Study: Students who wish to extend their studies beyond the normal duration can submit such a request to the Research and Postgraduate Studies Section of the Faculty of Business for consideration.


Note to Applicants

  • We have a quota for admissions. Early applications are strongly encouraged. Shortlisted candidates will be invited for interviews.
  • For the latest interview schedule, please refer to the MSc BM website.

Aims & Characteristics

Programme Aims

This programme aims to help students acquire practical knowledge of management and seek practical solutions in a global and dynamic business environment. It enables students to make effective contribution to their organisations.


Programme Intended Learning Outcomes

On completion of the Programme, students will be able to develop their knowledge, skills and intellectual abilities as defined in the broad learning outcomes which are underpinned by the specific learning objectives below:

  1. Application of Concepts 
    Learning Objective 1a: Apply conceptual frameworks to the resolution of business issues, including those concerning the scope and direction of the organisation.
    Learning Objective 1b: Demonstrate an understanding on the applications and implications of the latest technologies to practices and decisions in business issues.
  2. Critical, Creative and Design Thinking 
    Learning Objective: Demonstrate the ability to think critically and creatively within the domain of general management’s responsibilities, and to apply methods associated with Design Thinking.
  3. Effective Communication
    Learning Objective: Present reasoned arguments effectively, both verbally and in writing.
  4. Self Knowledge and Reflection
    Learning Objective: Illustrate the ability and self-knowledge required to prepare themselves for new settings and reflect effectively on their performance in those settings.
  5. Global Outlook 
    Learning Objective: Demonstrate a global outlook and an understanding of cultural diversity, as evidenced by an understanding of globalisation, the dimensions along which cultures vary and the implications of both for business.
  6. Ethical Thinking 
    Learning Objective: Identify and resolve ethical issues as they arise in the context of general management and corporate social responsibility.
Recognition & Prospects

The development of managerial knowledge and skills is a significant community need in any society that seeks to build on the opportunities inherent in a changing world. This programme is designed to provide students with a set of soft skills and the integrative skills required to function in a global environment.


Programme Structure

The programme is designed with a structured progression pattern. Students are highly encouraged to follow the pattern to complete the programme within the normal duration of one year. 


The programme requires a total of 42 credits.


Compulsory Subjects (11 subjects for a total of 36 credits)

  • Accounting for Managers
  • Contemporary Issues in Operations Management
  • Cross-cultural Management
  • Ethics, Responsibility and Sustainability#
  • Financial Management
  • Global Economic Environment for Management#
  • International Experience***
  • Managerial Thinking and Skills Workshop
  • Marketing Management
  • Organisation and Management
  • Strategic Management


*** To earn the 6 credits for the International Experience, students are required to successfully complete a summer school course provided by an AACSB or EQUIS accredited business school outside Greater China. Payment of course fee should be made directly to the offering institution. MSc BM programme does not charge a fee for the 6 credits. The transferability of credits earned from the summer school course with regard to the 6 PolyU credits will be determined based on the academic equivalence of the summer school course (e.g., students are required to attain at least 10 ECTS credits from a summer school course in Europe; or 6 U.S. credits from one in the North America). 

*** Partner universities and final arrangements for summer courses are subject to continuous review and change. Depending on different factors, other arrangements may be made for students to complete the subject "International Experience". 

# i. These subjects have been included in the list of reimbursable courses under the Continuing Education Fund (CEF).
 ii. The MSc in Business Management programme is recognised under the Qualifications Framework (QF Level 6)


Elective Subjects  (2 subjects from the following list for a total of 6 credits)

  • Accounting for Business Analysis
  • Business Analytics
  • Business Analytics in Accounting and Finance
  • Corporate Governance
  • Entrepreneurship
  • Investments
  • Risk Management in Operations
  • Total Quality Management


Information on the subjects offered can be obtained at the MSc BM website.



(i)   Students may also select up to one Elective from the “Common Pool ElectivesOR the “MBA Speciality Electives" (excluding the subject "Independent Projects"). For the subject lists, please refer to https://www.polyu.edu.hk/fb/study/tpg-landing/common-pool-electives/ (Common Pool Electives) and https://www.polyu.edu.hk/fb/study/tpg-landing/tpg/mba-pt/programme/ (MBA Speciality Electives).

(ii)  Not all subjects will be offered in a given year, subject to factors such as staff availability, student enrolment, programme resources and so on.

(iii) For a given cohort, a clash-free timetable will be arranged only for the Compulsory Subjects. And, timetable is subject to change without prior notice.

(iv) Programme structure, course names and content are subject to continuous review and change.

Entrance Requirements

A Bachelor’s degree or equivalent in any discipline.

​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 for details.

Other Information
  • Shortlisted candidates will be invited to attend admissions interviews.
  • Classes of Compulsory Subjects and MSc BM Elective Subjects are normally arranged during weekday daytime. Common Pool Electives and MBA Speciality Electives are offered on weekday evenings or at weekends. 


For general enquiries, please contact:
Faculty of Business
Tel: (852) 3400 2583 or (852) 3400 3375
Email: fbmscbm@polyu.edu.hk


For information on academic matters, please contact:
Dr Andy CHUI, Programme Director
Tel: (852) 2766 7105
Email: andy.chui@polyu.edu.hk


Dr Boyoun Grace CHAE, Deputy Programme Director
Tel: (852) 3400 3613
Email: grace.chae@polyu.edu.hk

Programme Leaflet

Please click here to download.