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Quality Teaching and Learning

Being the leading provider of quality postgraduate business education in the Region, the Faculty of Business offers a uniquely designed Master of Business Administration (MBA) programme. The programme design suits the particular needs of participants and their current and future employers via:

All the professors teaching in the MBA programme are well qualified in terms of their academic training and industrial knowledge, and more importantly, they are committed to quality teaching. Most academics in PolyU are involved in research projects across a wide variety of businesses. These projects allow regular feedback from managers in key industries, and links to be built up with them over the years, ensuring the programme content is always up-to-date and relevant to today’s business environment.

While the Internet provides an excellent way of learning, in PolyU MBA programme we emphasize face-to-face contact with staff and other students. Our programme maximizes learning effectiveness by utilizing a variety of teaching methods. Teaching is highly interactive and involves lectures, projects, and seminars. Students are actively involved in the learning process and are expected to contribute to the joint learning process through class discussion of assigned materials and by sharing their professional experience.

There is a strong emphasis on “bringing reality into the classroom”, with students producing written analyses and making verbal presentations where theoretical knowledge is applied to practical problems. Both group and individual achievements are recognized.

In most cases, assessment is based on both coursework and examination, with the balance varying according to the nature of the subject.

To help MBA students’ learning and interaction, public seminars are held regularly by inviting esteemed scholars and business practitioners to share their knowledge and experience with participants. Visits and trips are also organized to expose students to business communities in other territories. In these ways, students of our programme do not simply acquire textbook knowledge. They are expected to interact actively with the business world and can thus develop a strong sense of identity and commitment.

Programme Structure

The default option is to study for the MBA generic award. Students can also opt to graduate with a specialism in Aviation or Fashion upon completion of designated speciality electives.

The awards available are:

  • Master of Business Administration
  • Master of Business Administration (Aviation)
  • Master of Business Administration (Fashion)

The curriculum includes technological elements such as data mining and analytics, programming, crowdfunding, crypto assets and diversification, machine learning techniques in forecasting, basic data science and modelling approaches for operations management, as well as management of information systems and information technologies.


Compulsory Subjects

Accounting for Managers (AF5108)

  • Introduce basic financial accounting concepts and principals
  • Introduce accounting methods in recording transactions
  • Understand the information on financial statements

Business Analytics (LGT5425/ MM5425)

  • This subject enables students to understand theories and frameworks which help to formulate the business analytics strategy of a firm, and to critically think on the tactics of the implementation issues. Ability to communicate is also addressed. Through equipping students with a solid understanding and critical thinking mindset of the principles, methods and technologies for business analytics, students can apply business intelligence tools to effectively address various issues faced by organizations, as well as be aware of the possible challenges and ethical issues related to business analytics.

Ethics, Responsibility and Sustainability (MM5681)

  • Ethics cut across a diverse range of business functions and sectors to inform students the important and relevance of corporate social and environmental responsibility. Whatever the specific business setting, be it accountancy, finance, logistics, marketing or management, the examination of corporate interaction with stakeholders and the notion of social responsibility and ethical behaviour are a matter of concerning as it facilitates corporations to achieve business sustainability.

Financial Management (AF5318)

  • This subject contributes to help students to acquire the necessary concepts and knowledge in modern corporate finance. Upon completion of this subject, students should be able to understand corporate finance concepts and contemporary issues, obtain the financial management techniques to analyze and conclude investment and financing decisions, and handle more complicated corporate financial issues in his/her financial manager capacity.

Global Economic Environment for Management (AF5618) #

  • Provide an introduction to economic theory that can be used to understand behaviours in markets and organizations and to make effective decisions
  • Provide an analytic framework for understanding national and international economic environment

MBA Orientation Workshop (MM5041)

  • The workshop introduces students to the MBA programme, and to provide them an opportunity to search for their independent roles in an interdependent context through learning activities and teamwork.  It provides a chance for students to crystallize their learning experience and revisit their personal and professional goals.

Management Information Systems (MM5424)

  • This course focuses on the information technologies as the enabler that has dramatically changed the way in which companies orchestrate their value creation. The course will cover a variety of related topics at different levels, including:
    • currently available information technologies for modern organizations,
    • the information needs of modern organizations,
    • large information systems (e.g. ERP, SCM and so on) that integrate and streamline business processes across various functional departments/areas within or across organizations,
    • IT system development and IT project management,
    • the adoption, diffusion, and implementation of organization or inter-organizational information systems,
    • the relationships between work, people, and technologies,
    • decision support systems, business intelligence (BI) and analytics systems, and
    • the effectiveness/success and value of organization information systems.

Management Policy and Strategy (MM532) #

  • The 'capstone' subject that requires students to work in groups, use appropriate analytical tools to evaluate a strategic issue facing a real life company, and make appropriate recommendations

Managing Operations Systems (LGT5105)

  • This subject will give students an exposure to many important topics, which by itself may be a standalone subject. Students will learn about basic operations concepts in various issues. They will learn how to make efficient operations, optimal decisions, improve the quality and always look for improvements, and so on. The subject nature is more on quantitative side, but our focus is from the management point of view. It is an interesting subject and will broaden the horizon of students.

Marketing Management (MM576)

  • This subject provides an understanding of theories and practices of marketing for post-graduate students who had little exposure to marketing. A broad survey of marketing topics is carried out with an emphasis on concepts, which a marketing manager needs to understand in order to make effective decisions. Application and analytical skills are developed by doing case analysis, in-class discussion and a marketing project.
  • Upon completion of the subject, students will be able to:
    • identify and critically analyze the nature of marketing activities in an organization, and assess the impacts of external and internal environments on marketing;
    • gain a basic understanding and integration of the concepts of market segmentation, targeting and positioning and the application of optimal marketing mix;
    • plan and resolve issues at strategic levels;
    • understand and reflect on the basic strategies to achieve marketing objectives.

Organizational Behaviour & Leadership (MM5133)

  • This subject (a) develop students’ critical and creative thinking and effective communication skills, (b) cultivate their competence in leadership and change management, (c) explore their global outlook and understand of globalization and their implications for business. The ability to identify ethical management issues will also be addressed.


Elective Subjects

All students complete a total of 9 credits of electives. Those who choose to graduate with a specialism complete 9 credits of required Speciality Electives. Those who do not pursue a specialism can complete 9 credits of any Speciality Electives or General Electives.


Aircraft Asset Management (LGT5940)

  • The course will focus on sourcing, selecting and divestment of Aircraft – or portfolio’s thereof – whilst maintaining the residual value of the asset from an investment and financier’s perspective. In addition, when aircraft are leased, the course will also discuss the additional requirements to lease manage the aircraft in parallel to asset management.
  • At the end of the course, students will have a good overview of the why, how and who of asset management, and how to make a difference to the benefit of investments in, or leasing and financing of aircraft.
  • Both airlines and aircraft lessors are subject to the need of asset (and lease) management, and both views will be addressed in the course.

Airline Management (LGT5941)

  • This course will focus on management and corporate strategy aspects of the airline industry. An emphasis will be given to study how air transport management must change in order to succeed in the rapidly changing global market environment and user preferences. The course will also discuss the application of various management disciplines and applied economics knowledge on the analysis of a variety of management functions for airlines and their interactions with airports and logistics/distribution firms. At the end, students will have a solid understanding of the most current global business and regulatory policy environment within which air transport and its related industries operate, and corporate strategy development.

Airport Management and Economics (LGT5942)

  • Airport businesses have undergone fundamental changes in their business environments in the past. The liberalization of air transport markets, the subsequent huge growth of air traffic, the development of new airline business models, the growing importance of non-aeronautical businesses, privatization strategies, airport expansion plans, and new and innovative methods of economic airport regulation contributed to the development of an exciting industry with tremendous business opportunities but also substantial social responsibilities. This subject handles all these issues. It explains how airport businesses have developed over time, why airports are often subject to heavy economic regulation and how regulation influences airport businesses. The purpose is to help the students to develop a profound understanding of the most important drivers of airport businesses today, and to offer ways to successfully address the challenges arising from historic and current industry developments.

Air Transport Logistics and Management (LGT5014)

  • The subject will provide students an insight and understanding of the economic principles and key issues in the logistics operation and management of air transport.
  • At the end of the course, students will:
    • Appreciate the importance of air transport logistics in today’s global economy and the challenges faced by the industry.
    • Appreciate the dynamic nature of the air transport logistic industry.
    • Understand the basics of aviation economics, including impacts of the external forces (economic, geographic, demographic, legal, political, environmental and technological), and the internal forces (economic, competitive, operational) on the air transport logistics business.
    • Use data to conduct cost-benefit analysis and model demand in air transport markets.
    • Understand the basics of air cargo operation, airport operation and applications of artificial intelligence in air transport.

Air Transport Regulatory Policy (LGT5161)

  • Air transport markets have undergone fundamental changes in their regulatory environments in the last couple of decades and face major challenges today (and in the future).
  • This subject explains general facts of the air transport industry, and how airport businesses have developed over time, why airlines may be exempted from antitrust regulations, while airports are often subject to heavy economic regulation, and how regulation shapes airline and airport businesses today. The purpose is to help the students to develop a profound understanding of the most important drivers of economic aviation regulation today, and to offer ways to successfully address the challenges arising from historic and current industry developments.

Aviation Finance, Accounting and Tax (LGT5943)

  • This subject handles the specificities of aviation finance. It explains how aviation finance has developed certain specialised legal and structural specificities which set it apart from other types of finance. The purpose is to help the students to develop an understanding of key attributes and characteristics of the financing of aircraft including the financing of new and second-hand aircraft, commercial lending and syndication, and to introduce the students to the essence of the financial environment along with the basic quantitative tools of financial valuation and issues involved in the management of an aircraft portfolio as an alternative asset manager.

Aviation Marketing (LGT5163)

  • This subject will provide students with knowledge, understanding and skills in airline and airport marketing.
  • At the end of the course, students will:
    • Describe the characteristics of the main segments of commercial aerospace markets.
    • Identify and explain the key issues in planning aviation and aerospace products and the importance of product differentiation.
    • Critically assess the links between promotion, branding and customer loyalty.
    • Use marketing research approaches to investigate commercial aerospace including airlines, airports/spaceports and space markets.

Aviation Safety Management (LGT5164)

  • This subject will provide the student with an understanding of the key issues in aviation safety management, the implementation of Safety Management Systems, and how safety is managed in airlines, airports and aviation-related companies.
  • At the end of the course, students will:
    • Describe the fundamental concepts behind Safety Management Systems (SMS), as defined by ICAO and other parties.
    • Select and implement techniques for the identification and management of hazards and risks.
    • Understand key issues in the implementation of Safety Management Systems.
    • Critically assess the ways in which safety is measured and managed in airport, airline and other aviation operations.

Field Study in Air Cargo Management (LGT5944)

  • Hong Kong International Airport is the biggest airport in the world in terms of air cargo. Furthermore, trading and logistics is one of the four economic pillars of Hong Kong. Students will spend four to six days visiting locations in Hong Kong and the Greater Bay Area to deepen their understanding of the impact of key trends on the management of air cargo businesses in the Asia-Pacific context and beyond. Each student will be allocated to a group, which will be responsible for the development and writing of a consultancy or management review report for one of the organizations visited.

Independent Projects (LGT5939)

  • This subject is designed for students who wish to apply what they learn in the classroom on a contemporary business topic of their choice. Students will be supervised by faculty members to carry out extensive investigations, literature reviews, and analyses around specific business-related issues. A typical product of the subject can be a business case or a short research report.

Fashion Retailing (ITC515)

  • This subject aims to provide students full spectrum of up-to-date knowledge with the combination of concepts, theories, strategies and trends that impact the global retailing industry. Students are equipped to develop their professional future in this high demand industry with the academic knowledge and practical business expertise and tools in multiple aspects such as operations management, supply network, procurement, ethics and sustainability.
  • Students are expected to attain an integrated understanding of fashion retail in a global environment and to develop their personal capabilities and competencies of critical thinking, creativity, professional communication and teamwork.

Independent Projects (ITC5939)

  • This subject is designed for students who wish to apply what they learn in the classroom on a contemporary business topic of their choice. Students will be supervised by faculty members to carry out extensive investigations, literature reviews, and analyses around specific business-related issues. A typical product of the subject can be a business case or a short research report.

Information Technology in Textiles & Clothing Industries (ITC519)

  • This course focuses on the introduction of both traditional and state of the art IT related system and issues. Students are encouraged to explore the possibility of applying IT in the textiles and clothing industries, and particularly in terms of the start-up company.

International Business in Fashion Industry (ITC557)

  • Identify the contemporary changes in the international fashion business sector.
  • Discuss the implications of the different types of culture, politics and laws, and economic systems and development on international fashion businesses.
  • Describe theories in international trade and investment.
  • Discuss government policies and their implications on international fashion business.
  • Differentiate the various types of regional economic integration and its implications on international business firms
  • Understand the international business strategy and operations in fashion industry.

International Fashion and Textile Design (ITC525)

  • Appreciate today’s changing fashion industry
  • Understanding the changing global fashion trends and requirements
  • Design development from transformation of concept to commercial products

Omni-Channel Retailing and Marketing (ITC596)

  • Understanding the trend of social media marketing
  • User experience design for mobile apps
  • Explore the latest technologies for omni channel retailing.

Quality Assurance in Textiles and Clothing (ITC502)

  • This subject aims to provide students comprehensive up-to-date knowledge, current practice and techniques in quality management. With a “practice-oriented” approach, the teaching and learning activities are combined by covering multiple aspects such as TQM, six sigma techniques, continuous improvement methodology, QC tools, ISO 9000, national quality awards to analyse and generate solution of quality problems in textile and clothing organisations.
  • Students are expected to develop their personal capabilities and competencies of critical thinking, creativity, professional communication and teamwork that help textile and clothing organisations improving the overall business and operational performance.

Applications of Decision Making Models (LGT5122)

  • One common yet important difficulty students face is how to bridge the gap between the knowledge and the application. In this subject, students will encounter a new case in each session. They will learn to apply the quantitative concepts into the real practice through guided group discussion.
  • Students also stimulate and learn from each other in this fruitful and extremely interesting process.

Business Applications of Blockchain (MM5426)

Business Forecasting (MM5413)

Business Innovation Project (MM5361)

  • This subject introduces to students the knowledge and skills that are necessary to capture the opportunities presented by a world full of sustainability issues, and to overcome the challenges in bringing solutions successfully to market. Students will be introduced to common challenges related to people, planet, and prosperity at both the global and local levels, as well as the role of businesses in tackling such challenges. This will be followed by an experiential business innovation process coordinated via the PolyU Lean Launchpad Programme (LLP), during which students team up with researchers from other PolyU departments and industry experts to develop PolyU technologies for commercialization. The LLP is run by PolyU IfE (Institute for Entrepreneurship). Students will reflect on their learning journeys to distill lessons for innovation leadership and people management.

E-Commerce (MM544)

  • The central goal of this course is to develop an integrative knowledge of the digital economy. It focuses on the information superhighway as the technological enabler that has dramatically changed the way in which companies orchestrate their value creation.
  • This course, with a strategic perspective in mind, looks into the knowledge-enabled enterprises and the influence of electronic commerce in shaping the rules of modern business environments.
  • From a managerial point of view, the course will delineate the skills and knowledge required in the digital world. Finally, this course also offers a technology perspective that touches upon the underlying IT mechanisms for electronic commerce.

Entrepreneurship (MM534)

  • Understand the roles of the entrepreneur and qualities required to perform those roles
  • Examine the characteristics, skills and individual backgrounds that might account for entrepreneurial success

Field Study for Business Management (MM5913)

  • Understand how different business environments place differing demands on managers
  • Work effectively in teams to provide a consultancy report on the companies visited with recommendations for areas of improvement

Global Leadership in the Asian Context (MM5201)

  • Understand the major leadership theories
  • Critically evaluate conventional leadership theories from global and regional perspectives
  • Understand specific leadership behaviors, practices, and the technical and ethical challenges that arise in different cultural and social contexts
  • Apply knowledge of leadership to deal with their real world experiences
  • Communicate effectively in writing on leaderships issues

Global Sourcing and Supply (LGT5034)

  • This subject examines global sourcing and supply decisions and the development of global supply network of firms in their integration of international value chains in a changing business environment.
  • Students not only master the concepts of global sourcing and supply in business, but also understand the internationalization strategies and the global challenges today and tomorrow. 

Independent Projects (AF5939/LGT5939/MM5935/ITC5939)

  • This subject is designed for students who wish to apply what they learn in the classroom on a contemporary business topic of their choice. Students will be supervised by faculty members to carry out extensive investigations, literature reviews, and analyses around specific business-related issues. A typical product of the subject can be a business case or a short research report.

International Financial Management (AF5362)

  • Examines the implications of various international financial markets and instruments for the management of firms and investment portfolios.

 International Management (MM539)

  • Give a thorough understanding of the global business environment and the managerial aspects of international business operations
  • With more than 20 case studies (two for each lecture), students can learn how to apply theories effectively in the global marketplace.

Investments (AF5344)

  • Understand modern portfolio theory and its applications in the investment management process;
  • Apply various valuation methods on different financial securities including equity, bonds, and derivatives;
  • Study and analyze the process of portfolio management and portfolio performance evaluation.

MBA Investigative Report (AF5941/LGT5931/MM5931)

  • An integrating element in the programme with a Report of about 8,000 words
  • Build on the subject Research Methods
  • Investigate a significant management issue
  • Apply concepts, think critically and creatively and communicate effectively
  • Receive 8 hours of Supervisor input

Managing Innovation (LGT5426)

  • This subject addresses selected challenges and opportunities related to managing business innovation. It intends to discuss concepts, theorems, and tools to help students develop skills and insights for designing, evaluating, and managing business innovation. Moreover, the subject also plans to introduce various kinds of latest innovations in product, technology, operations process, and business models. The subject not only provides students with general understanding on effective management of innovation, but also provides rich practical examples to reflect the latest innovative advances, with special focus on the ones that have wide applications in supply chain and logistics related industries.

Mergers and Acquisitions (AF5321)

  • Provide an understanding of the strategic mergers and acquisitions process both in Hong Kong and overseas
  • Analyze mergers and acquisitions business through theoretical, tactical and strategic directions

Negotiation and Conflict Management (MM5191)

  • Recognize the multiple opportunities there are to negotiate, and the benefits of taking advantage of these opportunities
  • Understand multiple approaches to negotiation and conflict management, and the characteristics that distinguish them
  • Develop your one's abilities to prepare for negotiation, identify integrative potential, and achieve mutually beneficial negotiated outcomes

Research Methods (MM501)

  • This subject provides students with an opportunity to learn about the use of scientific research as a problem solving tool, and enables them to equip with the adequate knowledge and practical skills that are often required to conduct independent research in business and management fields.

Risk Management for Corporations (AF5333)

  • Understand the principles of risk management in relation to economics, corporate finance, investment, and corporate governance
  • Examine more advanced issues in Financial Risk Management

Seminars in Emerging Technology (MM5452)

Six Sigma and Quality Management Techniques (LGT5157)

  • Quality management has become an indispensable and prevalent strategic and practical framework in today’s dynamic business environment, which allows business organization to improve business excellence, sustain organizational performance and enhance competitiveness. 
  • Six Sigma is regarded as one of the most powerful techniques of quality management developed and officially launched by Motorola in 1987. Six Sigma is a fact-based, data-driven and result-oriented approach which drives continuous quality improvements with focus on near perfection and yields quantifiable and measurable bottom-line results that link to organizational strategy related to customers’ requirements and expectations.
  • This subject provides students with all essential concepts and knowledge of Six Sigma and various quality management techniques. The integrative approach of this subject allows students to comprehend the critical elements of Six Sigma and quality management techniques on one hand and its practical applications in the commercial world on the other in order to achieve expected and significant financial outcomes.
  • This subject also walks through with students about the most contemporary approach of how to maximize organizational performance through the close-integration of Lean, Six Sigma and the Theory of Constraints.

After successful completion of this subject, students are eligible to apply for the professional recognition and designation of "Registered Six Sigma Green Belt" from the Hong Kong Six Sigma Institute.

Wellbeing at Work (MM5271)


  1. Programme structure, list of subjects, subject offering semester, subject names and content are subject to continuous review and changes.
  2. Not all subjects will be offered in a given year, subject to factors such as staff availability, student enrolment, and programme resources.
  3. For a given cohort, a clash-free timetable will be arranged only for the compulsory subjects. And, timetable is subject to change without prior notice.
  4. Students who do not pursue a specialism may select up to one elective from the "Common Pool Electives".

CEF Reimbursable


# i. The subjects have been included in the list of reimbursable courses under the Continuing Education Fund (CEF) for the full-time Master of Business Administration programme.
ii. The Master of Business Administration programme is recognized under the Qualifications Framework (QF Level 6).


Class Schedule

Classes of compulsory subjects are arranged during weekday (both daytime and evening) and at weekends (Saturdays and Sundays, 6.5-hour class per day), subject to the final arrangements of the programme. Regarding elective subjects, the majority of them are offered on weekday evenings, and a few of them at weekends.


Study Timeline


*Students who select "MBA Investigative Report", which is equivalent to two electives, must take the elective "Research Methods" in Semester 1.

Programme structure, list of subjects, subject offering semester, subject names and content are subject to continuous review and change.


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