Mode of

Full-time: 1 Year
Part-time: 2 Years


Dr Yahong Li
T. (852) 3917 2953 | E.


(for 2018-2019)
$127,000 p.a. (local students)
$153,300 p.a. (non-local students)


Part-time: $63,500 p.a.

* Subject to upward adjustment in 2019-2020.


Hong Kong Time 12:00 noon, 28 February 2019

Programme structure
Admission requirements
Additional information
Online application

HKU’s LLM Programme in Information Technology and Intellectual Property Law is designed for students with law degrees or for IP or IT professionals with relevant legal experience who wish to undertake an in-depth study of the law, policies and cutting edge issues in their fields.

This programme provides a comprehensive combination of theoretical, practical and policy-oriented courses that enable candidates to understand the legal challenges in IP, patents, Internet and other technological innovation. Another feature of the programme is its coverage on local, mainland China, international and comparative courses, which are taught by leading experts or practitioners in the fields.

Students* are required to complete not fewer than 72 credits and no more than 78 credits, including at least two and up to four 9-credit courses from each sub-stream, and a capstone course in accordance with the regulations for this degree and the syllabus. Students may choose courses from the course outlines of individual areas of law below, and courses from any of the specialist programmes, but in any event no more than two courses from other LLM specialist programmes.

* Students who do not hold an undergraduate degree in law shall be required to complete, amongst the eight 9-credit courses of this programme, up to two 9-credit courses of foundational law courses to be defined by the Faculty at the time of admission.

(Each of the courses listed below carries 9 credits unless otherwise stated.)

  • Capstone course
    • LLAW6120 Intellectual property and information technology
  • Intellectual property law sub-stream
    • (Students must choose at least two and up to four 9-credit courses from this sub-stream.)
    • LLAW6243 Advanced intellectual property law
    • LLAW6223 Copyright and creativity
    • LLAW6005 Hong Kong intellectual property law
    • LLAW6132 International and comparative intellectual property law
    • LLAW6140 Intellectual property, innovation and development
    • LLAW6212 Intellectual property protection in China: law, politics and culture
    • LLAW6181 Management and commercialization of intellectual property
    • LLAW6219 Patent law
    • LLAW6200 Topics in trademark law
  • Information technology law sub-stream
    • (Students must choose at least two and up to four 9-credit courses from this sub-stream.)
    • LLAW6124 Communications law
    • LLAW6285 Computer programming, data mining, and the law – An applied introduction
    • LLAW6117 Cybercrime
    • LLAW6111 E-business law
    • LLAW6126 e-Finance: law and regulation
    • LLAW6280 Introduction to artificial intelligence and law
    • LLAW6170 Introduction to information technology law
    • LLAW6176 Online Dispute Resolution
    • LLAW6139 PRC information technology law
    • LLAW6046 Privacy and data protection
    • LLAW6141 Regulation of cyberspace: theories of internet and normativity
  • Electives (Department of Law)
    • LLAW6187 Advanced topics in competition law
    • LLAW6267 Courts
    • LLAW6054 9-credit Dissertation*
    • LLAW6014 18-credit Dissertation (18 credits)*
    • LLAW6249 Entertainment law
    • LLAW6106 Global information technology law and practice
    • LLAW6119 Human rights and cyberspace
    • LLAW6188 Intellectual property policy and practice
    • LLAW6288 Introduction to European Union law
    • *LLAW6014 and LLAW6054 are mutually exclusive.
  • Electives** (Department of Computer Science)
    • ICOM7125 Digital forensics (6 credits)
    • ICOM6027 e-Crimes: digital crime scene and legal sanctions (6 credits)
    • ** Students who choose ECOM6032/ ICOM6027 or both of the courses offered by the Department of Computer Science are required to complete 78 credits or 75 credits respectively for satisfying the curriculum requirement.

NOTE: Not all courses will be offered in any given year. For actual courses available, please refer to annual course offerings.

Applicants must comply with the General Regulations and Regulations for Taught Postgraduate Curriculaand fulfil at least one of requirements (1) to (3) below AND (if applicable) requirement (4):

(1) hold a degree of Bachelor of Laws with at least second class honours or an equivalent qualification accepted by the University for this purpose; or

(2) hold a degree in a discipline other than law with at least second class honours accepted by the University for this purpose and have at least two years relevant experience and professional qualifications; or

(3) have obtained either the Common Professional Examination of England and Wales or the Common Professional Examination Certificate of this University, provided that in either case a second class honours degree or a qualification of equivalent standard of this University or another comparable institution accepted for this purpose has also been obtained;

(4) for an applicant who is seeking admission on the basis of a qualification from a university or comparable institution outside Hong Kong of which the language of teaching and/or examination is not English, shall satisfy the Faculty English language requirement with one of the following recognized English tests:

(i) Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) – a score of 593 or above (paper-based test) or 97 or above (internet-based test); or

(ii) International English Language Testing System (IELTS) – an overall band score of 7 or above with no subtest below 6.5;

in each case, for admissions purposes, the test score report is regarded as valid for two years.

More information on the area of law and technology can be found at the Faculty’s Law and Technology Centre website.

Online application for admission in September 2019 has yet to open.
Please visit this page again in November/December 2018.

Deadline: Hong Kong Time 12:00 noon, 28 February 2019.