Faculty of Business

Sept 2024 Entry


2 years


45 (39 academic credits and 6 training credits)


Scholarship Form Submission

  • Candidates are required to submit an admission application (44087-ISS) online together with the Scholarship form.


Other Self-Financed Programme

  • For details on applying to the MSc programme in International Shipping and Transport Logistics (Mixed-mode) (44087-IFM/IPM) (33 credits), please click here.

  • Please submit applications for 44087-IFM/IPM and 44087-ISS individually, as applications for these two programmes are processed separately. The application fee is non-transferable.


Note to Applicants

  • Please complete all of the relevant fields and enclose all necessary documents. Incomplete applications cannot be processed promptly.

Application Deadline
Local - Full-time
Sept 2024 Entry - Early Round Application Deadline: 2023-11-16 Main Round Application Deadline: 2024-04-30
Non-local - Full-time
Sept 2024 Entry - Early Round Application Deadline: 2023-11-16 Main Round Application Deadline: 2024-04-30
About Programme
How to Apply
Aims & Characteristics

Programme Aims

This programme enables students to implement modern, cost-effective reforms in the shipping, transport and logistics industries.



  • Curriculum is designed in consultation with industry leaders and prospective employers.

  • Academic theory is balanced with professional practice.

  • Multidisciplinary knowledge is integrated with specialist expertise.

  • Graduates can pursue diverse career paths.

  • Graduates are granted exemptions from professional examinations.

  • Postgraduate Diploma offered as an intermediate exit.



The programme embodies a sound balance between academic theory and professional practice. The combination of Compulsory Subjects with a choice of Electives plus a mandatory internship reflects the multidisciplinary nature of the business and the diversity of the career paths that graduates can pursue.


Within 3 calendar months of successfully completing the programme, scholarship recipients must commit to working full time in the Hong Kong maritime industry for no fewer than 12 consecutive calendar months.

Recognition & Prospects

Graduates with an MSc in International Shipping and Transport Logistics programme are granted full exemption from the Qualifying Examination of the Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transport in Hong Kong.


Graduates with MSc in International Shipping and Transport Logistics programme are granted exemption from the following subject by the Institute of Chartered Shipbrokers:

  • Introduction to Shipping


Programme Structure (Subject to review)

Scholarship recipients receive the core knowledge that is essential in the shipping, transport and logistics industries and in-depth knowledge of selected specialised areas in line with their needs and aspirations. An array of Elective Subjects is available that allows scholarship recipients to specialise in areas that would normally be impossible to cover in depth within the time constraints of the first degree.


Students must complete 39 academic credits (1 Compulsory Subject, 4 International Shipping Core Subjects, 3 Restricted Elective Subjects and 5 Free Elective Subjects) and 6 training credits (240-hour Maritime Industry Internship); exemption may be granted to local scholarship recipients with relevant internship/work experience. In terms of Free Elective Subjects, students can opt for a 6-credit Project plus 3 Free Electives.


Core Areas of Study

The following is a summary of the core areas of study. Detailed information will be provided upon registration.

Compulsory Subject+

(1 subject – 3 credits)

  • International Logistics Systems, Operations and Management


International Shipping Core Subjects+

(4 subjects – 12 credits)

  • Organisational Management in Shipping and Logistics

  • Port Policy and Management

  • Ship Chartering Strategies

  • Liner Shipping Management

  • Strategic Management for International Shipping (subject to approval)


Restricted Elective Subjects+

​(3 subjects – 9 credits)

  • Choose at least one subject from the focus on Shipping Economics and Finance:

    • Shipping Economics and Markets

    • Finance for Shipping and Logistics

  • Choose at least one subject from the focus on Shipping Law and Insurance:

    • Law and Practice in Marine Insurance

    • Shipping Law

  • Choose at least one subject from the focus on International logistics:

    • Air Transport Logistics and Management

    • Supply Chain Management


Note: Students may take more than 3 Restricted Elective Subjects. The additional subjects will be counted as Free Elective Subjects.


Free Elective Subjects+

(Any 5 subjects – 15 credits)

Focus on International Shipping:

  • Maritime Logistics

Focus on Shipping Economics and Finance:

  • Accounting for Managers

Focus on Shipping Law and Insurance:

  • Admiralty Law

  • Contract Management

  • Maritime Arbitration Law

Focus on International Logistics (Air Logistics Management):

  • Intermodal Transport Management

  • Air Transport Regulatory Policy

  • Airline Strategic Management

  • Aviation Marketing

  • Aviation Safety Management

  • Airport Business Management


  • Transport Logistics in China

  • Project Management

  • Risk Management in Operations

  • Statistics for Management

  • Managing Operations Systems

  • Enterprise Resource Planning

  • Applications of Decision-Making Models

  • Strategies and Technologies in Warehousing Management

  • Information Systems for Supply Chain Management

  • Coding for Management with Python 

  • Project (6 credits)

  • Research Methods

  • E-Commerce


Each subject is worth 3 credits, and the Project is worth 6 credits.


Mandatory Training Subject (6 credits)

  • Maritime Industry Internship


Information on the subjects offered can be obtained here.


Offerings are subject to class quota availability.

Credit Required for Graduation

45 (39 academic credits and 6 training credits)

Programme Leader(s)

Programme Director

Dr YANG Dong

Subject Area
International Shipping and Transport Logistics
Entrance Requirements

Local Applicants

  • A Bachelor's degree in any discipline.


Chinese Mainland and Overseas Applicants

  • A Bachelor's degree in International Shipping or Maritime Studies or other relevant disciplines with:
    i)  English is the medium of instruction;
    ​ii) English is not the medium of instruction; in this case, applicants are also required to meet one of the following requirements:
    • an IELTS Academic Test score of at least 6; or
    • a TOEFL Internet-based test score of at least 80, including a score of at least 20 in the Test of Written English; or

    • a TOEFL paper-based test score of at least 550, including a score of at least 4.5 in the Test of Written English.


For further information:
Tel: (852) 2766 4065
Email: mscistl.lms@polyu.edu.hk


For academic matters, please contact: 
Prof. Stephen LI, Deputy Programme Director (tel: (852) 2766 5009; email: stephen.yk.li@polyu.edu.hk);
or Dr YANG Dong, Programme Director (tel: (852) 2766 7413; email: dong.yang@polyu.edu.hk).

Other Information


  • Shortlisted candidates may be invited to attend admission interviews.


Class Arrangement

  • Subjects are offered in a variety of modes, including on weekday evenings, during the daytime and at weekends.


Conditions of Scholarship

  • Scholarship recipients in breach of any of the following conditions must refund the scholarship amount received in full to the Scholarship Scheme:

    • recipients are not allowed to concurrently hold any other local merit-based incentive while enrolled in the programme;

    • recipients are required to complete the programme, covering 39 academic credits and 6 training credits of the Maritime Industry Internship (exemption may be granted to local scholarship recipients with relevant internship/work experience); and

    • within 3 calendar months of successful completion of the programme, recipients must commit to working full time in the Hong Kong maritime industry for no fewer than 12 consecutive calendar months.

  • Each scholarship recipient is required to sign an undertaking that will form a contract between the recipient and the Scholarship Scheme.


Student visa and other information for non-local students

Initial Registration Credits

3 for local students
6 for non-local students

Programme Leaflet

Please click here to download.

Tuition Fee

Covered by The Hong Kong Maritime and Logistics Scholarship Scheme

Student Message

I'm thrilled to be back at PolyU attending the MScISTL program after eight years at sea. As a former undergraduate student, LMS, PolyU feels like home to me.


Since I finished my last degree, the shipping industry has undergone significant changes, and I'm grateful for the opportunity to update my knowledge. The program covers a diverse range of subjects, from legal aspects to the aviation industry, warehousing, procurement and more. It's fascinating to explore other professions that I wouldn’t otherwise have considered.


The faculty are knowledgeable and passionate, bringing solid, practical industry experience to the classroom. I love my lively discussions and interactions with them. My fellow classmates come from various professions and levels in their organizations. Working on group projects has been enlightening, as we analyse problems from different perspectives. As someone who’s operationally minded, I’ve found it eye-opening to learn from my more commercially focused peers.


Overall, I’m thoroughly enjoying my second sojourn at LMS, and I highly recommend the MScISTL program to anyone interested in international shipping and transport logistics.

CHAN Siu Keung

The MSc International Shipping and Transport Logistics programme provided me with a great opportunity to broaden my network and strengthen my knowledge of marine insurance.


As I was working in a shipowning company as a claims officer, I wanted to know more about vessel operations, marine insurance and maritime law. The programme provided me with a sturdy base for handling claims and yielded valuable insights into the latest developments in the shipping industry. It offered a wide variety of subjects to choose from and explore, such as aviation, shipping and supply chain management. This strengthened my understanding of the practical world of shipping and logistics.


As Polytechnic University recruits students from around the world, group projects benefitted from a wide range of views and comments. My presentation skills and English language skills were pushed to new heights. The experience made me more versatile and more competitive in the job market. 


If you are interested in joining the maritime industry, the MSc International Shipping and Transport Logistics programme is a good choice: it will enable you to become a maritime professional with the necessary knowledge and industry network.

HO Lok Ching
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