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Master of Science/Postgraduate Diploma in Global Supply Chain Management

Sept 2022 Entry
Programme code: 44089

Faculty of Business
Department of Logistics and Maritime Studies

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

Initial Registration Credits

3 for local students
6 for non-local students

Fund Type Self-Financed

Tuition Fee

HK$225,000 per programme (HK$7,500 per credit) for local and non-local MSc students
HK$135,000 per programme (HK$7,500 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, subject to meeting the specified credit requirements.


Mode of Study

  • Mixed-mode
  • Students can pursue their studies with either a full-time study load (taking 9 credits or more in a semester) or a part-time study load (taking less 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 relevant fields and enclose necessary documents. Incomplete applications cannot be processed promptly.

Aims & Characteristics

Programme Aims

This programme equips executives with the capacity to create and sustain competitiveness in the supply chain by balancing cost, quality and efficiency.



  • Broad knowledge and skills in global supply chain management
  • A thorough grounding in subjects that lead to the knowledge and intellectual capability required for an understanding and critical analysis of 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 students in the programme can pursue.

Recognition & Prospects

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


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


Programme Structure

Students are provided with the core knowledge that is essential for all managers in the supply chain field, and in-depth knowledge in selected subjects to suit 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


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


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+

  • Supply Chain Management*


Restricted Elective Subjects+

Students need to choose at least 4 Restricted Elective Subjects (for both the MSc and the PgD)


Choose at least 2 from:

  • International Logistics Systems, Operations and Management
  • Managing Operations Systems*
  • Models for Decision Making*


Choose at least 1 from:

  • Global Sourcing & Supply*
  • Strategic Procurement Management*


Choose at least 1 from:

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

Students can take more Restricted Elective Subjects than required, and they will be counted as Free Elective Subjects.


Free Elective Subjects+

  • Air Transport Logistics & Management
  • Applications of Decision Making Models
  • Business Analytics
  • Contract Management
  • Enterprise Resource Planning
  • GSCM Project
  • Lean Thinking & Practice
  • Maritime Logistics
  • Managing Innovation
  • Organisational Management in Shipping & Logistics
  • Practice of Global Supply Chain Management
  • Project Management
  • Risk Management in Operations
  • Statistics for Management
  • Supplier Development
  • Total Quality Management
  • Transport Logistics in China
  • Warehousing & Materials Management


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

  • A Bachelor's degree in a business-related discipline or the equivalent.
  • For non-business degree holders, 2 years' 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 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 join 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 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) 2766 7409
Email: mscgscm.lms@polyu.edu.hk


For academic matters, please contact:
Mr Owen TANG, Programme Manager (tel: (852) 2766 4782; email: owen.tang@polyu.edu.hk); 
or Prof. SONG Miao, Programme Director (tel: (852) 2766 5087; email: miao.song@polyu.edu.hk).

Programme Leaflet

Please click here to download.