Master of Science in Operations Management



What will I learn?

Programme Aim

This programme provides non-business graduates with the foundation they need in the main functional areas of management, and offers graduates in all disciplines in-depth training in operations management.


  • Operations management in services and manufacturing
  • Resources management in private and public sectors
  • Quantitative techniques, decision-making, quality management, resource planning, information technology, and e-commerce
  • Development of ability to contribute in a cross-functional team environment
  • Independent investigation into specific management problems


This programme provides skills and knowledge in the efficient and effective management of operations, and is relevant to those working in services and manufacturing in both the private and public sectors.

It introduces the concepts and tools needed to manage the resources of an organisation to achieve the efficient production and distribution of goods and services. The organisations involved could be factories, hospitals, the police force, airlines, airports and docks, distribution depots, hotels, restaurants, and so on. Particular subjects deal with quantitative techniques, decision making, quality management, resource planning, information technology and e-commerce.

Recognition & Prospects

Students completing one or more relevant subjects in the MSc in Operations Management are eligible to apply for the following qualifications provided by the Six Sigma Institute (SSI):

  • SSI's Green Belt
  • SSI's Black Belt
  • SSI's Lean Leader


Programme Structure

The programme offers a structured progression pattern, and students are highly encouraged to follow this pattern to benefit from cohort-based study and graduate on time. However, being credit-based, the programme allows students the flexibility to proceed at their own pace and graduate within the normal duration.

MSc students complete 4 Compulsory Subjects, 3 Specialised Subjects in one of the specific streams, 1 Restricted Elective Subject and 2 Free Elective Subjects (30 credits). The three streams are Operations Analytics, Quality Management and Operations Strategy.

Alternatively, students may take 4 Compulsory Subjects, 3 Specialised Subjects and a Dissertation (9 credits).

Students may graduate with a Postgraduate Diploma upon completing 4 Compulsory Subjects and 3 Specialised Subjects (21 credits).

Elective Subjects

Electives include subjects relating to operations management and subjects of more general interest.

Which department am I in?

Faculty of Business

Study options

Full Time (1.5 years)

Tuition fees
HK$167,000.00 (17,72,974) per year
HK $250,500 per programme (HK $8,350 per credit)

*Price shown is for indicative purposes, please check with institution

Start date

Expected September 2023


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 or equivalent professional qualifications, preferably with at least 1 year of relevant work experience.
  • Applicants with other post-secondary qualifications who have been employed in industry, commerce or public administration for no fewer than 6 years, of which 3 years were in a managerial capacity, will also be considered.

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 following minimum English language requirement for admission purpose, unless otherwise specified by individual programmes concerned:

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).

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


About The Hong Kong Polytechnic University

PolyU ranks 65th in the QS World University Rankings and 79th 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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