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Master of Science/Postgraduate Diploma in International Shipping and Transport Logistics

Sept 2022 Entry
Programme code: 44087

Faculty of Business
Department of Logistics and Maritime Studies

Stream Code

IFM for MSc (Full-time)
TFP for PgD (Full-time)
IPM for MSc (Part-time)
TPP for PgD (Part-time)

Mode of Study Mixed Mode

Normal Duration

2 years for MSc (Full-time)
2 years for PgD (Full-time)
2.5 years for MSc (Part-time)
2.5 years for PgD (Part-time)

Credits Required for Graduation

33 for MSc,
18 for PgD

Initial Registration Credits

3 for local students
6 for non-local students

Fund Type Self-Financed

Tuition Fee

HK$239,250 per programme (HK$7,250 per credit) for local and non-local MSc students
HK$130,500 per programme (HK$7,250 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)

Targeted Taught Postgraduate Programmes Fellowships Scheme
A total of 6 fellowships shall be awarded to local students of MSc programme. Please click here for details.

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

Programme Leader(s)

Programme Director

Dr YANG Dong


PgD Exit Award

  • Students admitted to the MSc programme may apply for early exit with a Postgraduate Diploma, subject to meeting the specified credit requirements.  



The Hong Kong Maritime and Logistics Scholarship Scheme

  • For entry of Programme Stream 44087-ISS, please click here for details
  • Please submit the application for this Scholarship individually
  • Applications for the two programmes (44087-IFM and 44087-ISS) are processed separately, and the application fee is non-transferable.


Master of Science in International Shipping and Transport Logistics Scholarship for International Student

  • For entry of Programme Stream 44087-IFM: MSc in International Shipping and Transport Logistics [Mixed-mode] (Full-time)
  • Available for overseas applicants, outside of Mainland China, Hong Kong and Taiwan with outstanding academic and non-academic performance
  • Waiver of tuition fee plus living cost subsidy
  • Please click here to download the application form for this scholarship
  • Candidates are required to submit applications for the programme (44087-IFM) and this Scholarship together.


LMS Taught Postgraduate Programme Scholarship Scheme

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


Note to Applicants

  • Please complete all relevant fields and enclose necessary documents. Incomplete applications cannot be processed promptly.

Aims & Characteristics

Programme Aims

This programme enables students to introduce modern and cost-effective reforms into the shipping, transport and logistics industries.



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



This is a multidisciplinary and specialist programme designed to attract students from diverse backgrounds. As such, it benefits from the range of professional experience that students can bring. The intellectual demands of the programme challenge students to integrate and synthesise what are traditionally disparate disciplines. There is also an array of Elective Subjects that allow students to specialise in areas that would normally be impossible to cover in depth within the time constraints of a first degree.

Recognition & Prospects

Graduates with the MSc in International Shipping and Transport Logistics 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 International Shipping and Transport Logistics are granted Level 1 and Level 2 (6 subjects) exemption from the Qualifying Examination of the CILTHK.


Graduates with the MSc/PgD in International Shipping and Transport Logistics are granted exemption from the following subject by the Institute of Chartered Shipbrokers (ICS):

  • Introduction to Shipping


Programme Structure (Subject to review)

Mode of Study: Mixed-mode

Students can take on either a full-time study load (9 credits or more per semester) or a part-time study load (fewer than 9 credits per semester). In general, one evening/daytime class per week is scheduled for each subject over a regular 13-week semester and two evening classes per week over a 7-week optional Summer Term.


For the MSc

  • Students have to complete 33 credits (1 Compulsory Subject, 5 Restricted Elective Subjects and 5 Free Elective Subjects). In addition to the Compulsory and Restricted Elective Subjects, students can choose to complete a 6-credit Project plus 3 Free Elective Subjects.
  • Depending on their study pace, students should normally be able to complete the programme full-time not more than 2 years and part-time in 2.5 years.


For the PgD

  • Students have to complete 18 credits (1 Compulsory Subject and 5 Restricted Elective Subjects). 
  • Students should normally be able to complete the programme full-time not more than 2 years and part-time in 2.5 years.


Students will be required to attend more classes in the evening if they choose the full-time option, and the duration of study will be subject to class quota availability.


Core Areas of Study

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


Compulsory Subject (for both MSc and PgD)+

  • International Logistics Systems, Operations and Management*


Restricted Elective Subjects 

Students need to choose at least 5 Restricted Elective Subjects (for both the MSc and the PgD)

  • Choose at least two from the focus on International Shipping:
    • Organisational Management in Shipping and Logistics*
    • Port Policy and Management
    • Ship Chartering Strategies
    • Liner Shipping Management
  • Choose at least one from the focus on Shipping Economics and Finance:
    • Shipping Economics and Markets*
    • Finance for Shipping and Logistics*
  • Choose at least one from the focus on Shipping Law and Insurance:
    • Law and Practice in Marine Insurance
    • Shipping Law*
  • Choose at least one from the focus on International logistics:
    • Air Transport Logistics and Management
    • Supply Chain Management*


Student may take more Restricted Elective Subjects than necessary, and they will be counted as Free Elective Subjects.   


Free Elective Subjects (for MSc only)

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
  • Enterprise Resource Planning
  • Applications of Decision Making Models
  • Warehousing and Materials Management
  • Information Systems for Supply Chain Management
  • Project (for MSc only) (6 credits)
  • Research Methods
  • E-Commerce


Information on the subjects offered can be obtained at here.


Subjects are offered according to class quota availability.

* This subject is 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 or equivalent qualification


  • Full membership of one of the following professional bodies:
    • The Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transport, Hong Kong
    • The Institute of Chartered Shipbrokers, UK
    • The Chartered Insurance Institute, UK
    • The Chartered Institute of Purchasing and Supply, UK


  • Applicants with other post-secondary qualifications who have been employed in the fields of maritime, shipping, transport or logistics for not less than 6 years, of which 3 years in a managerial capacity, will also be considered.


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


  • Departments will consider applications on a rolling basis. Shortlisted candidates may be invited to attend admission interviews. Applicants who submit their applications before the end of November 2021 will be invited to attend the first round of interviews in December 2021. 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. However, classes are occasionally delivered in the daytime or in short block mode over weekends.


Student visa and other information for non-local students


For further information:
Tel: (852) 2766 4065
Email: mscistl.lms@polyu.edu.hk


For academic matters, please contact: 
Dr Stephen LI, Academic Advisor (tel: (852) 2766 5009; email: stephen.yk.li@polyu.edu.hk);
or Dr YANG Dong, Programme Director (tel: (852) 2766 7413; email: dong.yang@polyu.edu.hk).

Programme Leaflet

Please click here to download.