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Over the past years, Hong Kong’s manufacturing companies have shifted their production and assembly lines to the Mainland, while treating Hong Kong as a regional control centre for managing a dispersed production network for the above mentioned activities. The service sector of Hong Kong’s economy is thus heavily linked to manufacturing activities, which is actually flourishing instead of declining.


As a prominent exporter of manufacturing products, Hong Kong has generated a series of approaches for both safeguarding and improving its competitive position in its major markets. Companies are now establishing their production bases wherever human resources, technology or markets are available so as to make the best use of resources of a local area. This mode of production method of global coordination and integration not only increases the competitiveness of products in the market, but also raises the response rate of enterprises towards market signals. To this end, an integrated approach to manage the logistics planning and operations on a global basis is crucial.



Programme Aims and Characteristics

This programme is designed for engineering graduates and professionals who are working in logistics industry and related service sectors. It is primarily concerned with planning, coordinating, and controlling of resources and information involved in the flow of goods and services from the source to customers. It provides participants for diagnosing problems and formulating strategic solutions that use information in the design, planning, and organization of industrial logistics systems.


The specific aims are:

  • To provide students with the use of information technology and managerial approaches in improving inbound logistics, production and outbound logistics so as to create value for the customers.
  • To provide an opportunity for executives who graduated from engineering and other disciplines for obtaining additional expertise involved in the production of goods and services and delighting the customers.
  • To develop students' creativity and problem solving knowledge and skills appropriate for the management of information and use of knowledge in systems engineering for logistics planning and control.


Professional Recognition

The programme has been granted accreditation by the Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transport in Hong Kong (CILTHK). Graduates will also be granted full exemption (Logistics Stream) from the Professional Qualifying Examination (PQE) leading to the Chartered Membership of CILTHK.

Entrance Requirement

A Bachelor’s degree or a professional qualifications, or equivalent, is required.    (Consideration will also be given to candidates without a degree but with other relevant qualifications supplemented by appropriate working experience.)


English Language Requirement

If applicants are not a native speaker of English, and his/her Bachelor's degree or equivalent qualification is awarded by institutions where the medium of instruction is not English, he/she is expected to fulfil the University’s minimum English language requirement for admission purpose:

  • A Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) score of '80' for the Internet-based test, or '550' for the paper-based test; OR
  • An overall Band Score of at least '6' in the International English Language Testing System (IELTS).


Individual cases will be considered on their own merit by the departments concerned. Applicants may be required to attend interviews or tests to further demonstrate their language proficiency. 


For applicants with qualifications obtained in Taiwan, a pass in the High-Intermediate level or above in GEPT may be considered as having fulfilled the English language requirements. Please contact AS at asadmpg@polyu.edu.hk for details.


Programme Structure and Information

Programme Structure

  • 4 compulsory subjects AND at least 1 core, and at most 2 elective subjects plus a Dissertation; OR
  • At least 3 core (incl. the field trip study (ISE550), and at most 3 elective subjects

Each subject carries 3 credits with the exception of the dissertation (9 credits). To obtain the Master degree, students must acquire a minimum of 30 credits.



Programme Information

Programme Code 45100
Stream Code ILS (Full-time) / ILP (Part-time)
Mode of Study Mixed Mode
Normal Duration 2-3 years (Part-time) / 1 year (Full-time)
Credits Required for Graduation 30 for MSc, 18 for PgD
Fund Type Self-financed
Tuition Fee HK$3,800 per credit for local students
HK$5,000 per credit for non-local students
Programme Leader Prof. P Ji
BSc (NE Heavy MachineryInst), MSc (Beijing Univ. Aeronautics & Astronautics), PhD (W Virginia)


Programme Curriculum

** Details of the subject syllabi can be found here.


Semester 1: Part-time (3 subjects, 9 credits) / Full-time (5 subjects, 15 credits)

Compulsory Subjects  
(Pre-assigned for Year-1 students)

ISE526 Enterprise Resources Planning

ISE527 Logistics Information Systems


Core Subjects

ISE518 Workflow Design & Management

ISE525 Global Operations & Logistics Management

ISE550 Contemporary Logistics Issues in China 
(4-day field trip study in Mainland China)

ISE5606 Business Intelligence & Data Mining



Elective Subjects

ISE5026 Technology Entrepreneurship & Innovation in Practice


Semester 2: Part-time (2 subjects, 6 credits) / Full-time (5 subjects, 15 credits)

Compulsory Subjects  
(Pre-assigned for Year-1 students)

ISE512 Warehousing & Material Handling Systems 

ISE544 Supply Chain Management Enabling Technologies 


Core Subjects

ISE5019 Optimization Modeling & Applications 

ISE548 Risk & Crisis Management

ISE550 Contemporary Logistics Issues in China 
(4-day field trip study in Mainland China)


Elective Subjects

ISE538 Process & Performance Management

LGT5002 International Logistics Systems, Operations
& Management 

LGT5007  Shipping Economics & Markets

LGT5010 Port Policy & Management 

LGT5017 Maritime Logistics


LGT5164 Aviation Safety Management



(Optional) Summer Term: 1 subject, 3 credits

Elective Subject

LGT5013 Transport Logistics in China 
(Weekday evening/Sat/Sun)


Application & Enquiries

Online Application




For academic matters

Prof. P. Ji, Programme Leader

852-2766 6631



For general enquiries

Ms. Louise Tung

852-2766 4227



Other Information

Financial Assistance (Hong Kong residents only):

  • Non-means Tested Loan Scheme
  • Continuing Education Fund (CEF)


logo cef

Students who are Hong Kong residents, have the right of abode or the right to land or to remain in Hong Kong without restriction, are eligible to apply for the CEF. The following subjects are included in the list of reimbursable CEF courses:


Institution Code


Course Code

Course Title




Warehousing and Material Handling Systems


Global Operations and Logistics Management


Enterprise Resources Planning


Logistics Information Systems


Supply Chain Management Enabling Technologies