Operations and Supply Chain Management

City University of Hong Kong

There are many career opportunities in operations and supply chain management. Students with the analytical skills sets offered through the MScOSCM programme will find job opportunities in a wide variety of industry sectors including consulting, distribution, third-party logistics service providers, retail, banking, and procurement/sourcing and supply chain functions within a manufacturing organization.

Operations and supply chain management are vital to organizations in service businesses, as well as those involved in the production and delivery of products. Hong Kong, as a global service centre, plays a major role in interfacing between suppliers and customers around the world. To retain its leading competitive position in serving international markets, it is crucial for Hong Kong businesses to embrace best practices in supply chain management. As a result, companies are increasingly looking for innovative leaders with the vision and skill to manage their supply chains.

China's rapid economic development has increased Hong Kong's importance as a gateway between East and West. As about fifty percent of China's trade involves processing and assembly work exported overseas, Hong Kong's position as the most important transport and logistics hub in Asia is set to strengthen with the Mainland's continued economic development. Therefore, there are significant manpower requirements in logistics operations and supply chain management.

Core Courses:

MS5313 Managerial Decision Modeling

This course explores the fundamental concepts and methodologies to support managerial decision making. The students will have a basic understanding of linear programming, probability and statistics, decision analysis, and game theory. They will also gain rich hands-on experience to analyze and solve practical business problems.

MS5318 Predictive Analytics with Excel and R (For intakes in 2018-2019 and thereafter)

The aim of this course is to introduce the statistical concepts and methodologies that are often associated with making predictions with data. We begin with fundamental statistical analysis (e.g. inference, simple regression), then adds both breadth (e.g. logistic regression) and depth (e.g. model selection) to the use of regression to find the best prediction model for business forecasting. You will learn how to build predictive models with data sets in various structures (e.g. quantitative or categorical response/predictors). You will understand the trade-off between over-predicting versus under-predicting. You will practice utilizing the learned methods to solve data-based business decision problems (e.g. healthcare operations, fraud detection) through examples and case studies. R language will be used to process data and generate prediction models. No prior statistical knowledge is required, and you do not need prior knowledge about Excel or R.

MS6325 Operations Management

This course is designed to provide the student with an understanding of the processes which would transform manufacturing to a source of competitive advantage. In particular, we will study how efficient operations can be a competitive weapon in service industries as well as manufacturing sectors. The topics include system design, capacity planning. Process selection, facility layout, design of work systems, location planning, lean operations, scheduling and project management. Thus, the course is not only for an operations manager but also for a general manager who needs to revamp a company's operations to establish competitive advantage.

MS6721 Supply Chain Management

Supply Chain Management is about the management of material, information, and finance flows in multi-stage production-distribution networks. Driven by fierce global competition and enabled by advanced information technology, many companies have taken initiatives to reduces costs and at the same time increase responsiveness to changes in the marketplace. This course will provide students with the knowledge and the tools necessary to develop, implement, and sustain strategies for managing supply chain issues. The topics include building a strategic framework to analyze supply chains, designing the supply chain network, planning demand and supply, managing inventories, sourcing, transporting, pricing and revenue management, and coordinating a supply chain.

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  • Hong Kong

Academic Degree


Master of Science


Medium (3-12 months)

  • English
  • In-Person

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