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Programme Structure

The PolyU Master of Business Administration (MBA) programme requires a total of 39 credits.

  • The first year of the programme is designed to introduce students to all of the major business functions.
  • The second year provides more in-depth management knowledge. A wide range of electives is available for selection.
Subject Descriptions

The broadened curriculum allows students to opt for a study stream based on their interests and career needs. Currently available streams are International Business, Fashion Business, and Business Research.

Core Management Subjects

Accounting for Managers (AF5108)

  • Introduce basic financial accounting concepts and principals
  • Introduce accounting methods in recording transactions
  • Understand the information on financial statements

Business Analytics (LGT5425/ MM5425)

  • This subject enables students to understand theories and frameworks which help to formulate the business analytics strategy of a firm, and to critically think on the tactics of the implementation issues. Ability to communicate is also addressed. Through equipping students with a solid understanding and critical thinking mindset of the principles, methods and technologies for business analytics, students can apply business intelligence tools to effectively address various issues faced by organizations, as well as be aware of the possible challenges and ethical issues related to business analytics.

Ethics, Responsibility and Sustainability (MM5681)

  • Ethics cut across a diverse range of business functions and sectors to inform students the important and relevance of corporate social and environmental responsibility. Whatever the specific business setting, be it accountancy, finance, logistics, marketing or management, the examination of corporate interaction with stakeholders and the notion of social responsibility and ethical behaviour are a matter of concerning as it facilitates corporations to achieve business sustainability.

Financial Management (AF5318)

  • This subject contributes to help students to acquire the necessary concepts and knowledge in modern corporate finance. Upon completion of this subject, students should be able to understand corporate finance concepts and contemporary issues, obtain the financial management techniques to analyze and conclude investment and financing decisions, and handle more complicated corporate financial issues in his/her financial manager capacity.

Global Economic Environment for Management (AF5618)#

  • Provide an introduction to economic theory that can be used to understand behaviours in markets and organizations and to make effective decisions
  • Provide an analytic framework for understanding national and international economic environment

MBA Orientation Workshop (MM5041)

  • The workshop introduces students to the MBA programme, and to provide them an opportunity to search for their independent roles in an interdependent context through learning activities and teamwork.  It provides a chance for students to crystallize their learning experience and revisit their personal and professional goals.

Management Information Systems (MM5424)

  • This course focuses on the information technologies as the enabler that has dramatically changed the way in which companies orchestrate their value creation. The course will cover a variety of related topics at different levels, including:
    • currently available information technologies for modern organizations,
    • the information needs of modern organizations,
    • large information systems (e.g. ERP, SCM and so on) that integrate and streamline business processes across various functional departments/areas within or across organizations,
    • IT system development and IT project management,
    • the adoption, diffusion, and implementation of organization or inter-organizational information systems,
    • the relationships between work, people, and technologies,
    • decision support systems, business intelligence (BI) and analytics systems, and
    • the effectiveness/success and value of organization information systems.

Management Policy and Strategy (MM532)#

  • The 'capstone' subject that requires students to work in groups, use appropriate analytical tools to evaluate a strategic issue facing a real life company, and make appropriate recommendations

Managing Operations Systems (LGT5105)

  • This subject will give students an exposure to many important topics, which by itself may be a standalone subject. Students will learn about basic operations concepts in various issues. They will learn how to make efficient operations, optimal decisions, improve the quality and always look for improvements, and so on. The subject nature is more on quantitative side, but our focus is from the management point of view. It is an interesting subject and will broaden the horizon of students.

Marketing Management (MM576)

  • This subject provides an understanding of theories and practices of marketing for post-graduate students who had little exposure to marketing. A broad survey of marketing topics is carried out with an emphasis on concepts, which a marketing manager needs to understand in order to make effective decisions. Application and analytical skills are developed by doing case analysis, in-class discussion and a marketing project.
  • Upon completion of the subject, students will be able to:
    • identify and critically analyze the nature of marketing activities in an organization, and assess the impacts of external and internal environments on marketing;
    • gain a basic understanding and integration of the concepts of market segmentation, targeting and positioning and the application of optimal marketing mix;
    • plan and resolve issues at strategic levels;
    • understand and reflect on the basic strategies to achieve marketing objectives.

Organizational Behaviour & Leadership (MM5133)

  • This subject (a) develop students’ critical and creative thinking and effective communication skills, (b) cultivate their competence in leadership and change management, (c) explore their global outlook and understand of globalization and their implications for business. The ability to identify ethical management issues will also be addressed.
MBA Electives

All students are required to complete a total of 9 credits of electives. Those pursuing an award with a specified stream should choose only from the Stream Electives of the chosen stream. Those not opting for a study stream can choose from the Stream Electives or Other Electives.


Field Study for Business Management (MM5913)

  • Understand how different business environments place differing demands on managers
  • Work effectively in teams to provide a consultancy report on the companies visited with recommendations for areas of improvement

Global Sourcing and Supply (LGT5034)

  • This subject examines global sourcing and supply decisions and the development of global supply network of firms in their integration of international value chains in a changing business environment.
  • Students not only master the concepts of global sourcing and supply in business, but also understand the internationalization strategies and the global challenges today and tomorrow. 

Independent Projects (subject to approval)

International Financial Management (AF5362)

  • Examines the implications of various international financial markets and instruments for the management of firms and investment portfolios.

 International Management (MM539)

  • Give a thorough understanding of the global business environment and the managerial aspects of international business operations
  • With more than 20 case studies (two for each lecture), students can learn how to apply theories effectively in the global marketplace.

Investments (AF5344)

  • Understand modern portfolio theory and its applications in the investment management process;
  • Apply various valuation methods on different financial securities including equity, bonds, and derivatives;
  • Study and analyze the process of portfolio management and portfolio performance evaluation.

Field Study for Business Management (MM5913)

  • Understand how different business environments place differing demands on managers
  • Work effectively in teams to provide a consultancy report on the companies visited with recommendations for areas of improvement

Independent Projects (subject to approval)

Information Technology in Textiles & Clothing Industries (ITC519)

  • This course focuses on the introduction of both traditional and state of the art IT related system and issues. Students are encouraged to explore the possibility of applying IT in the textiles and clothing industries, and particularly in terms of the start-up company.

International Business in Fashion Industry (ITC557)

  • Identify the contemporary changes in the international fashion business sector.
  • Discuss the implications of the different types of culture, politics and laws, and economic systems and development on international fashion businesses.
  • Describe theories in international trade and investment.
  • Discuss government policies and their implications on international fashion business.
  • Differentiate the various types of regional economic integration and its implications on international business firms
  • Understand the international business strategy and operations in fashion industry.

International Fashion and Textile Design (ITC525)

  • Appreciate today’s changing fashion industry
  • Understanding the changing global fashion trends and requirements
  • Design development from transformation of concept to commercial products

Omni-Channel Retailing and Marketing (ITC596)

  • Understanding the trend of social media marketing
  • User experience design for mobile apps
  • Explore the latest technologies for omni channel retailing.

Research Methods (MM501)

  • This subject provides students with an opportunity to learn about the use of scientific research as a problem solving tool, and enables them to equip with the adequate knowledge and practical skills that are often required to conduct independent research in business and management fields.

MBA Investigative Report (MM5931)

  • An integrating element in the programme with a Report of about 8,000 words
  • Build on the subject Research Methods
  • Investigate a significant management issue
  • Apply concepts, think critically and creatively and communicate effectively
  • Receive 8 hours of Supervisor input

Applications of Decision Making Models (LGT5122)

  • One common yet important difficulty students face is how to bridge the gap between the knowledge and the application. In this subject, students will encounter a new case in each session. They will learn to apply the quantitative concepts into the real practice through guided group discussion.
  • Students also stimulate and learn from each other in this fruitful and extremely interesting process.

Business Innovation Project (subject to approval)

E-Commerce (MM544)

  • The central goal of this course is to develop an integrative knowledge of the digital economy. It focuses on the information superhighway as the technological enabler that has dramatically changed the way in which companies orchestrate their value creation.
  • This course, with a strategic perspective in mind, looks into the knowledge-enabled enterprises and the influence of electronic commerce in shaping the rules of modern business environments.
  • From a managerial point of view, the course will delineate the skills and knowledge required in the digital world. Finally, this course also offers a technology perspective that touches upon the underlying IT mechanisms for electronic commerce.

Entrepreneurship (MM534)

  • Understand the roles of the entrepreneur and qualities required to perform those roles
  • Examine the characteristics, skills and individual backgrounds that might account for entrepreneurial success

Entrepreneurial Finance (AF5346)

  • Understanding entrepreneur fundamentals
  • Business plan writing techniques
  • Valuation of business opportunities
  • Understanding of various investment structures
  • Understand exit strategies

Global Leadership in the Asian Context (MM5201)

  • Understand the major leadership theories
  • Critically evaluate conventional leadership theories from global and regional perspectives
  • Understand specific leadership behaviors, practices, and the technical and ethical challenges that arise in different cultural and social contexts
  • Apply knowledge of leadership to deal with their real world experiences
  • Communicate effectively in writing on leaderships issues

Management of Pay and Benefits (MM516)

  • Understand the theories, concepts and debates that influence the development of pay and benefit practices
  • Master the knowledge and skills required to design and implement effective reward system

Managing Innovation

Marketing Strategy (MM573)

  • Develop skills in analyzing business strategies from the marketing perspective
  • Understand and develop analytic framework contingent to market environments

Mergers and Acquisitions (AF5321)

  • Provide an understanding of the strategic mergers and acquisitions process both in Hong Kong and overseas
  • Analyze mergers and acquisitions business through theoretical, tactical and strategic directions

Negotiation and Conflict Management (MM5191)

  • Recognize the multiple opportunities there are to negotiate, and the benefits of taking advantage of these opportunities
  • Understand multiple approaches to negotiation and conflict management, and the characteristics that distinguish them
  • Develop your one's abilities to prepare for negotiation, identify integrative potential, and achieve mutually beneficial negotiated outcomes

Risk Management for Corporations (AF5333)

  • Understand the principles of risk management in relation to economics, corporate finance, investment, and corporate governance
  • Examine more advanced issues in Financial Risk Management

Six Sigma and Quality Management Techniques (LGT5157)

  • Quality management has become an indispensable and prevalent strategic and practical framework in today’s dynamic business environment, which allows business organization to improve business excellence, sustain organizational performance and enhance competitiveness. 
  • Six Sigma is regarded as one of the most powerful techniques of quality management developed and officially launched by Motorola in 1987. Six Sigma is a fact-based, data-driven and result-oriented approach which drives continuous quality improvements with focus on near perfection and yields quantifiable and measurable bottom-line results that link to organizational strategy related to customers’ requirements and expectations.
  • This subject provides students with all essential concepts and knowledge of Six Sigma and various quality management techniques. The integrative approach of this subject allows students to comprehend the critical elements of Six Sigma and quality management techniques on one hand and its practical applications in the commercial world on the other in order to achieve expected and significant financial outcomes.
  • This subject also walks through with students about the most contemporary approach of how to maximize organizational performance through the close-integration of Lean, Six Sigma and the Theory of Constraints.

After successful completion of this subject, students are eligible to apply for the professional recognition and designation of "Registered Six Sigma Green Belt" from the Hong Kong Six Sigma Institute.

Strategic Human Resource Management (MM5231)

  • Students will learn to evaluate the benefits and costs of different strategic HR practices.
  • Students will be able to discuss and diagnose the challenges of implementing HR practices with respect to national and international contexts.

Supply Chain Management (LGT5015)

  • This course provides a broad overview of key fundamentals of effectively managing a corporate’s supply chain.
  • Topics covered include matching supply with demand through procurement and pricing, outsourcing, supply chain contracts, information sharing and sustainability.

Total Quality Management (LGT5107)

  • The subject covers the core principles, concepts, and techniques of Total Quality Management.
  • Case discussions are used to demonstrate the practices of TQM in businesses and to encourage students to exchange views and learn from each other.
  1. Programme structure, course names and content are subject to continuous review and changes.
  2. Not all subjects will be offered in a given year, subject to factors such as staff availability, student enrolment, programme resources and so on.
  3. For a given cohort, a clash-free timetable will be arranged only for the compulsory subjects. And, timetable is subject to change without prior notice.

CEF Reimbursable

# i. The subjects have been included in the list of reimbursable courses under the Continuing Education Fund (CEF).
ii. The Master of Business Administration programme is recognized under the Qualifications Framework (QF Level 6).
Class Schedule

Classes of compulsory subjects will normally be arranged at weekends (Saturdays and Sundays). Regarding elective subjects, the majority of them will be offered on weekday evenings, and a few of them will be offered at weekends.