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

Sept 2021 Entry

Programme code: JS3674

Duration & Credit Requirement

Duration and Credit Requirement

Mode of Study
Normal Duration

4 years

Credit Required for Graduation

120 (plus 3 training credits)

Programme Intake
Fund Type
Programme Leader(s)

Programme Leader

Ir 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.
  • To recognise the outstanding academic performance of HKDSE students, and to encourage them to develop the career in the maritime industry, the Government of the HKSAR has set up The Hong Kong Maritime Scholarship for admittees to BBA (Hons in International Shipping and Transport Logistics programme. For details, please refer the LMS website.  
  • 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 & Characteristics

Aims and Characteristics

Programme Aims & Learning Outcomes

This programme provides a well-rounded business education, along with the opportunity to specialise in international shipping and logistics management. It enables students to acquire wide knowledge of maritime transport and logistics within a general broad framework 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 necessary to understand and manage maritime organisations 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 organisations 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 may be 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 100 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.

Recognition & Prospects

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 in Hong Kong (CILTHK).


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).


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.



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, and 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 Business Analytics, Strategic Management, and also study international shipping and logistics management in greater depth through such subjects as Shipping Logistics, Carriage of Goods Law, Marine Insurance, Shipbroking & 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.

Entrance Requirements & Subject Weightings

Entrance Requirements and Subject Weightings

Satisfy the University's General Entrance Requirements.

There is no compulsory subject requirement. Preferred subject(s) with the highest weighting for admission score calculation include(s):

  • English Language
  • Mathematics

Admission Score Calculation

Admission Score Calculation

Admission Score Calculation Mechanism for the Current Admission Exercise

Any Best 5 Subjects

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Average HKDSE Scores of Admittees

2020-21: 19.7 (Any Best 5 Subjects)

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For further programme information, please contact:
The General Office (tel: 2766 4607; email:

Student Message

Student Message

The programme in International Shipping and Transport Logistics enhances students’ overview of the discipline, equips them with the basics and enriches them through overseas exchange and internships.


I would like to express my deepest gratitude to The Hong Kong Polytechnic University and the Department of Logistics and Maritime Studies, and their professors, tutors and other staff members. Without their professional coaching and mentorship, their encouragement and the wide range of opportunities they provide for knowledge and network enhancement, I would not have been able to map out my aspirations and pursue a career in aviation. Their professionalism and dedication truly made a difference to me!

Chan Wei Shuen Cheryl

Graduating from the Bachelor's programme offered by LMS made me more dedicated to my career path in the liner-shipping industry.


The programme equipped me with fundamental business theories and industry-specialised knowledge. On top of theoretical knowledge, I was able to gain up-to-date industry insights to complement my learning.


Apart from academic studies, the faculty provided many resources and opportunities for me to explore and develop my new talents. While studying at PolyU, I joined an international exchange trip to the Netherlands, where I developed my social circles with people all around the world. I also undertook two overseas internships in Beijing and Singapore. They gave me many insights into the dynamic working environment.


All of these experiences enriched my university life and enabled me to further establish myself as a competent practitioner. Before graduating from PolyU, I received great support and advice from the faulty and the alumni regarding my career development.


I am very grateful for my education at PolyU and proud of being one of the graduates of this programme.


For more information related to my exchange experience, please click

LEUNG Chun Kit, Kris

Additional Documents Required

Additional Documents Required

No information is available at present.

Interview Arrangement

Interview Arrangement

Date: August
Mode:Online group 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 20-30 minutes


Selected applicants will be invited for interview.