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

Sept 2020 Entry

Programme code: 02402-SYI

Duration and Credit Requirement

Mode of Study
Normal Duration

2 years

Credits Required for Graduation

60-75 (plus 3 training credits)
The exact credits required for each AD/HD holder will depend on the approved credits of transfer.

Programme Intake
62 senior year places
Fund Type
Consider Second Choice Applications
Yes, but preference will be given to first choice applications.
Programme Leader(s)

Programme Leader

Ir Dr T. L. Yip


Deputy Programme Leader

Dr Kelvin Pang
BSc, MSc, PhD

  • The programme is offered within the BBA(Hons) Scheme.
  • The curriculum of this programme, including the credit requirements, is subject to review.
  • The exact study duration and number of credits to be transferred will depend on the entry qualification of individual AD/HD admittees.
  • All BBA(Hons) students must complete a short work placement during their studies, either in the summer or during semester time. The Department provides assistance in finding suitable placements.

Aims and Characteristics

Programme Aims

To provide students with

  • A well-rounded business education with specialisation in international shipping and logistics management
  • Sound knowledge of maritime transport and logistics along with broad perspective of international transport and trade as well as maritime organisation and personnel management skills




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.



Students are admitted to the senior year of the 4-year programme and they must complete all of the following subjects to fulfil the credit requirement for graduation. Depending on an individual's academic merits, the credit requirement of graduation is between 60 and 75 (plus 3 training credits). Students are expected to complete the programme within 2 years.


General University Requirements (GUR) (9 credits)

Subject Title Credits
Service Learning 3
*Cluster-Area Requirements (CAR) - C 3
*Cluster-Area Requirements (CAR) - D 3

* Students must fulfil the Chinese reading & writing, English reading & writing and China-Study requirements.

For details, please refer to the PolyU 4-year Undergraduate Curriculum website.


Discipline-specific Requirements (DSR) (57 credits)

BBA core subjects (27 credits)

Subject Code Subject Title Credits
AF2108 Financial Accounting 3
AF2110 Management Accounting 1 3
AF3313 Business Finance 3
CLC3221P Chinese Language Communication for Business 3
ELC3221 Workplace English for Business Students I 3
ELC3222 Workplace English for Business Students II 3
LGT2106 Principles of Operations Management* 3
MM4311 Strategic Management 3
MM4513 Corporate Social Responsibility 3


Specialist Compulsory Subjects (30 credits)

Subject Code Subject Title Credits
LGT2009 Introduction to Shipping and Transport Logistics Operation 3
LGT3016 Shipping Logistics 3
LGT3023 Carriage of Goods Law 3
LGT4005 Shipbroking and Chartering Management 3

Insurance in Shipping and Transport Logistics

LGT4021 Shipping Finance 3
LGT4208 ISTL Capstone Project 6

Specialist Elective Subjects (Choose any 2 subjects)


More information on the subjects offered can be obtained from here.


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 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.

Entrance Requirements

  • An appropriate Associate Degree or Higher Diploma in a relevant discipline.
  • In addition to academic results, preference will be given to those applicants with good performance in interview.


For further programme information, please contact:

The General Office (tel: 2766 4607; email:

Student Message

PolyU’s LMS is the cradle for most maritime professionals in Hong Kong, and it helped me set a career path in the bulk-shipping industry. 

I have gained three degrees from the Department and am especially grateful for the dynamic courses taught at the Higher Diploma and Bachelor levels for allowing me to acquire fundamental ship management, shipping law and marine insurance knowledge.


The Bachelor programme, in particular, not only strengthened my academic knowledge but also my independent living skills.  While studying for that degree I joined an international study tour to Singapore, which complemented the operational knowledge I gained from the Higher Diploma programme and gave me the opportunity to collaborate and work with international partners and experts in the field. I also had the chance to join an exchange programme in Denmark, which was an unforgettable experience for me.


I have since completed the MSc in International Shipping and Transport Logistics programme, which magnified my passion for shipping and expanded my professional network.


If you are interested in the logistics industry, especially in the maritime sector, the programmes offered by LMS are the best options to equip yourself to become a competent, capable and well-qualified practitioner.

Alexander Siu

The BBA in International Shipping and Transport Logistics programme equipped me with a very strong foundation in logistics knowledge and field exposure. The subjects were practical and useful for my future career development. 

The scholarship and summer internship programmes reinforced my determination to pursue a career in the air freight industry. The experience I gained covered aspects of airline operations, customer service, sales and air cargo terminal business. It is now gratifying to devote myself to the air freight industry, and I am proud to be working at one of the world’s busiest air cargo terminal and airport.

Ronald Wong

Additional Documents Required

Transcript / Certificate


Interview Arrangement

Date: In March
Mode:Online group interview plus a written test

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


About 45 minutes

  • Selected applicants will be invited to interviews.
  • The mode of interview has been updated.