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

Sept 2023 Entry

Programme code: 02402-SYI

Duration & Credit Requirement

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.

Scheme/Programme Intake
62 senior year places
Fund Type
Scheme/Programme Leader(s)

Programme Leader

Ir Dr T. L. Yip


Deputy Programme Leader

Dr Judy Tong

BEng, MPhil, PhD

  • The curriculum of this programme, including the credit requirements, is subject to review.
  • The number of credits to be transferred will depend on the entry qualification of individual AD/HD admittees.
  • All 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 & Characteristics

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 a range of extracurricular activities, such as leadership training camps, peer tutoring, mentorship.

If students wish, and subject to availability, they can spend a semester studying at another university overseas or in the Mainland China, 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, Mainland China 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)



Service Learning


*CAR - M: Chinese History and Culture


*CAR - English Language


Essential Components of General Education

non-credit bearing

 * Students must fulfil the Chinese and English reading & writing 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
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
LGT3425 Business Analytics 3
MM4311 Strategic Management 3
MM4513 Corporate Social Responsibility 3


Specialist Compulsory and Elective 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

Liner Shipping Management

LGT4020 Insurance in Shipping and Transport Logistics 3
LGT4208 ISTL Capstone Project 6

Specialist Elective Subjects (Choose any 2 subjects)


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


Recognition & Prospects

Recognition and Prospects

Professional Recognition

1. 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).

2. 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.

3. Graduates also qualify 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

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

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.


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

Studying at university is the most fulfilling and memorable time of one’s life, especially in terms of personal and career development. My experience of PolyU’s International Shipping and Transport Logistics programme was no exception. 


As business majors, we were prepared to pursue a wide range of career prospects, not limited to shipping, through a wide array of subjects on offer, including chartering, maritime law, and transport economics. We were encouraged to think critically, become proficient in all branches of the industry, and plan our career pathways with the support of dedicated and compassionate professors and lecturers.


Other than providing an invaluable academic experience, the internship programme ensures that students leave PolyU well prepared to enter the workforce, boasting the industry-ready skills and experiences desired by potential employers.


The service-learning trip to Wuhan also instilled in me the lifelong desire to serve local and international communities by promoting social responsibility and assisting those in need. This enriching experience stimulated my personal growth.


PolyU’s outstanding holistic approach fostered my independence and gave me full confidence in entering the workforce with not only essential theoretical knowledge and practical skills, but also a sense of empowerment.

MOHAMMAD Shareen Choudhary

Additional Documents Required

Additional Documents Required

Transcript / Certificate


Interview Arrangement

Interview Arrangement

Date: Between December and March
Mode: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.