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What will I learn?

Programme Aims

This programme enables students to introduce modern and cost-effective reforms into shipping, transport, and logistics industries.


  • Curriculum designed in consultation with industry leaders and prospective employers
  • Academic theory balanced with professional practice
  • Multidisciplinary knowledge integrated with specialist expertise
  • Graduates pursue diverse career paths
  • Graduates 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 the mandatory internship, reflects the multidisciplinary nature of the business and the diversity of the career paths students on the programme can pursue.

Within 3 calendar months after successfully completing the programme, scholarship recipients must commit to working full time in the Hong Kong maritime industry for a period of not less than twelve consecutive calendar months.

Recognition & Prospects

Graduates with the 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 (CILTHK).

Graduates with the MSc in International Shipping and Transport Logistics programme are granted exemption on the following subjects of the Institute of Chartered Shipbrokers (ICS):

  • Introduction to Shipping
  • Legal Principles in Shipping Business
  • Logistics and Multimodal Transport (as long as logistics is taken and shown on the transcript)

Programme Structure

Scholarship recipients are provided with the core knowledge that is essential in the shipping, transport and logistics fields, and in-depth knowledge in selected specialised areas to suit their needs and aspirations. There is also an array of Elective Subjects that allow scholarship recipients to specialise in areas that would normally be impossible to cover in-depth within the time constraints of a first degree.

Students must complete 39 academic credits (5 Compulsory Subjects and 4 International Shipping Core Subjects and 4 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 Elective Subjects, they can opt for a 9-credit Dissertation plus 1 Elective or a 6-credit Project plus 2 Electives.

Which department am I in?

Faculty of Business

Study options

Full Time (2 years)

Tuition fees
Covered by The Hong Kong Maritime and Logistics Scholarship Scheme.
Application deadline

Expected April 2023

More details

Start date

September 2022


The Hong Kong Polytechnic University

ST305, 3/F, Ng Wing Hong Building,

Hung Hom,

Kowloon City, Hong Kong, Kowloon

Entry requirements

For students from United States

Applicants must have a Bachelor's degree from an institution that is recognized by PolyU. In addition, you must meet the entrance requirements that are specified by individual programmes. PolyU may accept equivalent qualifications. The decision is made on an individual basis. 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).

For international students

A Bachelor's degree in International Shipping or Maritime Studies or other relevant disciplines with:

i) English being the medium of instruction; OR

​ii) English not being the medium of instruction, then applicants are also required to meet either one of the following requirements:

  • An IELTS Academic Test with a 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.

*There may be different IELTS requirements depending on your chosen course.


About The Hong Kong Polytechnic University

PolyU ranks 66th in the QS World University Rankings and 91st in the Times Higher Education World University Rankings internationally.

  • Recognised worldwide for its academic reputation
  • Enjoys impactful research practices in different fields
  • Boasts world-class facilities
  • Welcomes international students from over 30 countries

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