Faculty of Business

Sept 2024 Entry

Mixed Mode

1.5 years (Full-time)
2.5 years (Part-time)


30 for MSc, 
18 for PgD


Exit Award

  • Students admitted to the MSc programme may apply for early exit with a Postgraduate Diploma if they have met the specified credit requirements.


Mode of Study

  • Mixed-mode

  • Students may take on either a full-time study load (9 credits or more in a semester) or a part-time study load (fewer than 9 credits in a semester). In general, one evening/daytime class per week will be scheduled for each subject over a regular 13-week semester and two evening classes per week over a 7-week optional Summer Term.


Note to Applicants

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

Application Deadline
Local - Mixed Mode
Sept 2024 Entry - Early Round Application Deadline: 2023-11-16 Main Round Application Deadline: 2024-04-30
Non-local - Mixed Mode
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 equips executives with the capacity to create and sustain competitiveness in the supply chain by balancing cost, quality and efficiency.



  • Broad knowledge and skills concerning global supply chain management

  • A thorough foundation in subjects that promote the knowledge and intellectual capability required for understanding and critically analysing supply chain management problems

  • Awareness of the global supply chain management environment and management issues

  • An array of purchasing-related subjects



The programme embodies both academic theory and professional practice. The combination of Compulsory Subjects and a wide range of Electives, including purchasing-related subjects, reflects the multidisciplinary nature of the business that the students can pursue.

Recognition & Prospects

Graduates with an MSc in Global Supply Chain Management who have fulfilled certain subject requirements are granted accreditation by The Chartered Institute of Procurement and Supply (CIPS) and may apply for full membership. (Subject to review each year.)


Graduates with an MSc in Global Supply Chain Management are granted full exemption from the Qualifying Examination of the Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transport in Hong Kong (CILTHK). 


Graduates with a PgD in Global Supply Chain Management are granted partial exemption from the Qualifying Examination of the Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transport in Hong Kong (CILTHK). 


Graduates with an MSc in Global Supply Chain Management and two years’ work experience in the purchasing/supply chain/logistics field or a related field may apply for full membership in The Institute of Purchasing and Supply of Hong Kong (IPSHK).


Programme Structure

Students receive the core knowledge that is essential for all managers in the supply chain field and in-depth knowledge of selected subjects in line with their needs and aspirations.

  • Part-time mode: 2.5 years, including optional summer terms

  • Full-time mode: 1.5 years, including an optional summer term


Core Areas of Study (Subject to review)

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

Compulsory Subject+

(3 subjects – 9 credits for both MSc and PgD)

  • International Logistics Systems, Operations and Management*

  • Supply Chain Management*

  • Global Sourcing and Supply*


Restricted Elective Subjects+

(3 subjects – 9 credits for both MSc and PgD)

Choose at least one subject from the focus on operations:

  • Managing Operations Systems*

  • International Operations Management*

Choose at least one subject from the focus on procurement:

  • Digital Procurement Management and Analytics*

  • Contract Management*

Choose at least one subject from the focus on information technology:

  • Information Systems for Supply Chain Management*

  • E-Commerce*


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


Free Elective Subjects+

(Any 4 subjects – 12 credits for MSc; 0 subjects for PgD)

  • Accounting for Managers

  • Organisational Management in Shipping and Logistics

  • Transport Logistics in China

  • Air Transport Logistics and Management

  • Maritime Logistics

  • Lean Thinking and Practice

  • Project Management

  • Supplier Development

  • Risk Management in Operations

  • Statistics for Management

  • Models for Decision Making*

  • Total Quality Management

  • Enterprise Resource Planning

  • Applications of Decision-Making Models

  • Strategies and Technologies in Warehousing Management

  • Business Analytics

  • Managing Innovation

  • Coding for Management with Python

  • Project (6 credits) (MSc only)

  • Practice of Global Supply Chain Management


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


Information on the subjects offered can be obtained at here.


Offerings are subject to class quota availability.

* This course has been included in the list of reimbursable courses under the Continuing Education Fund.
* The mother course (Master of Science/Postgraduate Diploma in Global Supply Chain Management) of this module is recognised under the Qualifications Framework (QF Level 6).

Credit Required for Graduation

30 for MSc, 
18 for PgD

Programme Leader(s)

Programme Director

Prof. SONG Miao

Subject Area
Global Supply Chain Management
Entrance Requirements
  • A Bachelor’s degree in a business-related discipline or an equivalent qualification.

  • For non-business degree holders, 2 years of relevant work experience or relevant background knowledge is preferred.


Candidates in senior management positions who possess other academic qualifications may be considered on a case-by-case basis.


Priority will be given to applicants with relevant work experience.


If you are not a native speaker of English, and your Bachelor's degree or equivalent qualification is awarded by institutions where the medium of instruction is not English, you are expected to fulfil the University’s minimum English language requirement for admission purpose. Please refer to the “Admission Requirements” section under Taught Postgraduate Programmes of Study@PolyU for details.


For further information:
Tel: (852) 3400 3866
Email: mscgscm.lms@polyu.edu.hk


For academic matters, please contact:
Prof. SONG Miao, Programme Director (tel: (852) 2766 5087; email: miao.song@polyu.edu.hk);
or Prof. Amanda WANG Yulan, Deputy Programme Director (tel: (852) 2766 4683; email: yulan.wang@polyu.edu.hk).

Other Information


  • Departments will consider applications on a rolling basis. Shortlisted candidates may be invited to attend admission interviews. Applicants who submit their applications before 16 November 2023 will be invited to join the first round of interviews in December 2023. Other rounds of interviews will be conducted afterwards.


Class Arrangement

  • Classes are normally scheduled on weekday evenings in 3 semesters (including an optional Summer Term) within an academic year.


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

HK$270,000 per programme (HK$9,000 per credit) for local and non-local MSc students
HK$162,000 per programme (HK$9,000 per credit) for local and non-local PgD students

LMS Taught Postgraduate Programme Scholarship Scheme

Scholarships will be awarded to applicants with outstanding qualifications. Please click here for details. (Application form: here)

PolyU reserves the right to change or withdraw the scholarship at any time. In case of any dispute/disagreement, PolyU’s decision is final.

Student Message

This programme has given me the opportunity to expand my horizons with solid knowledge and an expanded social network, as well as provided me with insights into different sectors including shipping, logistics, management and planning. It was a pleasure to engage with passionate professors and experienced classmates throughout this initiative, and I am sure the students involved also gained a lot from each other.


I have worked for a top international courier company for almost five years. I joined this programme to gain an overview of the profession and hope to progress to management positions in my future career. I learned critical thinking and listened to useful stories about the current market in the course, and this has directly benefitted my working life.


I firmly believe in the value of gaining a marketable set of skills from a reputable postgraduate course at Hong Kong Polytechnic University. Global supply chain management involves planning how the entire supply chain will function as an integrated whole, and thus I strongly recommend that those in the logistics or procurement industry join this program if given the chance. I am grateful to the LMS department for facilitating such an interesting and positive learning environment over the past 2.5 years.

HA Ka Ling

Through the MSc GSCM programme, I not only accumulated supply chain–related knowledge, but also cultivated a new perspective to analyse problems in work and life. With what I learned from the programme, I can easily explore problems from both the supply and demand sides. Thus, it is easier for me to identify the essence of problems and discover feasible solutions, which is very beneficial for my current job as a purchasing officer.


The curriculum of the MSc GSCM programme pays great attention to combining theory and practice, and the professors include both academics and industry experts. I learned both theory and practice during my studies, which gave me a deeper understanding of the fast-changing global supply chain environment and cutting-edge supply chain theories.


Therefore, I recommend the MSc GSCM programme to anyone who is interested in the supply chain field. You can develop your own understanding of supply chains within this professional and insightful programme.

XU Hengming
Additional Documents Required
Personal Statement


The personal statement should provide a self-introduction and detail the candidate's 5-year career aspiration. (Word limit: 200.) 

Transcript / Certificate


Employer's Recommendation



Curriculum Vitae


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