Master of Science in Industrial Logistics Systems

The Hong Kong Polytechnic University Department of Industrial and Systems Engineering

Program Description

Master of Science in Industrial Logistics Systems

The Hong Kong Polytechnic University Department of Industrial and Systems Engineering

Programme Highlights

The advance in communication technology and transportation has gradually broken regional borders. Global manufacturing refers to the distribution of up-stream and down-stream production activities (ranging from material sourcing, product development, production assembly and product distribution) in different regions with different comparative advantages through co-ordination and strategic alliances within and amongst enterprises. In other words, 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 the production method of global coordination and integration not only increases market signals. To this end, an integrated approach to managing the logistics planning and operations on a global basis is crucial.

The programme of study is designed for full-time and part-time students to complete within 1 and 2 academic years respectively (i.e. 2 semesters and 4 semesters). Courses in the programme will be offered on weekday evenings and weekends (Saturday/Sunday). The maximum period of registration for full-time and part-time students is four years from the date of registration. Application for extension will only be approved under exceptional circumstances...

To meet the challenge of worldwide manufacturing competition, it is important that our students should understand what information technologies can contribute in the effective utilization of resources and in the creation of systems that produce these products and services.

In the MSc award, subjects are arranged as compulsory and elective.

The Postgraduate Programme in Engineering requires that the student studying for an MSc award has to take FIVE compulsory subjects for the award and TWO elective subjects plus a dissertation, or FOUR elective subjects plus a field trip study (ISE550). For the award of Postgraduate Diploma, the student has to take FOUR compulsory subjects plus TWO elective subjects.

The compulsory subjects are:

  1. Warehousing and Material Handling Systems (ISE512)
  2. Global Operations and Logistics Management (ISE525)
  3. Enterprise Resources Planning (ISE526)
  4. Logistics Information Systems (ISE527)
  5. Supply Chain Management Enabling Technologies (ISE544)

There are a wide variety of elective subjects to choose from, including Port Policy and Management, Optimization Modeling and Applications, Simulation of Industrial Systems, Process and Performance Management, Risk and Crisis Management, and Workflow Design and Management.

Programme Objectives

To provide students with the use of information technology and managerial approaches to improving inbound logistics, production and outbound logistics so as to create value for the customer.

To provide an opportunity for professional engineers who graduated from other engineering disciplines, to obtain additional expertise in the planning, organizing, staffing, training, assessing, reporting, monitoring, coordinating and controlling of information and other resources involved in the production of goods and services and delighting the customers.

To develop a student’s creative and problem-solving knowledge and skills appropriate for the management of information and use of knowledge in systems engineering for logistics planning and control.

Programme Structure

To be eligible for the MSc award, students should acquire a minimum of 30 credits. They should complete FIVE compulsory subjects, TWO elective subjects plus a Dissertation (equivalent 3 elective subjects with 9 credits); or FIVE compulsory subjects and FOUR elective subjects plus a field trip study (ISE550).

Entrance Requirements

A Bachelor's degree with Honours in engineering, business, management, applied mathematics or science; or a professional qualification or the equivalent. Consideration will be given to candidates with appropriate work experience.

English Language Requirement: 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 fulfill the following minimum English language requirement for admission purpose:

  • A Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) score of 80 or above for the Internet-based test; or a TOEFL score of 550 or above 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 department. 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.

This school offers programs in:
  • English

Last updated February 18, 2018
Duration & Price
This course is Campus based
Start Date
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Sept. 2019
30 hours
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90,000 HKD
HK students, HK$120,000 Non-local students
Hong Kong - Hong Kong
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