The University of Hong Kong's School of Professional and Continuing Education is collaborating with the University of Surrey from Britain to offer a master of science degree in retail management, which aims to equip managers with up-to-date knowledge about the ever-changing retail market.
Dr Sangeeta Narwani, the programme leader, says the course is a golden opportunity for professionals within the industry to upgrade themselves.
"The programme provides students with management-related training through the management-focused modules and specialist modules that focus on the retail sector," she says. "It gives students tailor-made techniques to make better decisions in the retail industry at managerial level."
This is especially useful as Hong Kong retailers expand their business in the mainland market.
"Opportunities on the mainland are an area of growth for Hong Kong retailers who are either already involved or planning to move into the market. In view of this growth, there is a parallel need for working professionals in the field to gain specialist knowledge of the industry to help them with effective decision-making," Narwani says.
The course is delivered by lecturers from the University of Surrey and local professors.
"The course involves many case studies and discussions. Cases from around the world and local cases are covered to give students a broader sense about the industry," she says.
Applicants should hold a good honours degree in marketing or retail management, or related disciplines from a recognised university with lower second honours or above. It is a two-year, part-time course with lessons on weekday evenings and at weekends.