In recent decades, both the body of law and the body of ethics have recognized the ascendancy of the principle of patient autonomy. But how should we navigate conflicts between this principle and other imperatives, such as patient welfare, within the limits of the healthcare system? How should the increasingly complex and specialized healthcare professions (including medicine, nursing and dentistry) be regulated? With more physicians engaging in the sphere of biomedical research involving humans (or their personal or clinical information), what conflicts and confusion might arise, and how may such interactions be best managed? The increasing prominence of such questions and the growth of the health care and biotechnology sectors demand professionals educated for new complexities in the organization and delivery of research and healthcare.
The Master of Laws in Medical Ethics and Law curriculum confronts basic topics in medical law and ethics, encompassing concerns of growing importance in the health professions, law and business—ranging from consent to confidentiality, from research best practices to ethics at the end of life and from best practice standards to the nuances of medical negligence. In an ever-evolving global community, this curriculum offers lawyers, social scientists, policymakers and healthcare professionals a guide to the fundamental ethical, legal and social issues influencing the delivery of healthcare.
Students are required to complete a minimum of 72 credits, and are permitted to take up to 78 credits. Each candidate is required to complete an introductory course, a Capstone Experience dissertation/practicum, four compulsory Core Courses, one law elective and at least one non-law elective from the list of approved courses. For the non-law electives, students may choose from the list of approved courses from the Department of Social Work and Social Administration and the School of Public Health. Courses from the Department of Social Work and Social Administration and the School of Public Health are six-credit and three-credit courses respectively. In exceptional circumstances, students may seek approval from the Programme Director to enroll only in law electives. Such exceptional circumstances include, for instance, students who have a specific background in or have otherwise received professional training in the topics covered by our non-law electives.
(Each of the courses listed below carries 9 credits unless otherwise stated.)
- Compulsory Courses
- LLAW6269 Introduction to medico-legal issues
(for non-law degree students, including but not limited to those candidates with a first degree in law from a non-common law jurisdiction)
- LLAW6270 Introduction to medical practice for lawyers
(for law degree students)
- LLAW6271 Bioethics foundations
- LLAW6272 The physician-patient relationship
- LLAW6274 The beginning and end of life
- LLAW6250 The regulation of biomedical research
- Capstone Courses:
- (Students must choose one of the following courses.)
- LLAW6054 9-credit Dissertation
- LLAW6273 Practicum project
- Elective Courses (Department of Law)
- LLAW 6209 Comparative family law
- LLAW 6106 Global information technology law and practice
- LLAW 6005 Hong Kong intellectual property law
- LLAW 6120 Intellectual property and information technology
- LLAW 6212 Intellectual property protection in China: law, politics and culture
- LLAW 6140 Intellectual property, innovation and development
- LLAW 6132 International and comparative intellectual property law
- LLAW 6219 Patent law
- LLAW 6164 Principles of family law
- LLAW 6046 Privacy and data protection
- Elective Courses (School of Public Health)
- CMED6909 Comparing systems of elder care (3 credits)
- CMED6104 Emerging infectious diseases and “one health” (3 credits)
- CMED6204 Health & society (3 credits)
- CMED6902 Health economics (3 credits)
- CMED6900 Health policy and politics (3 credits)
- CMED6218 Human health: futures in a globalized world (3 credits)
- CMED6216 Personalised public health (3 credits)
- CMED6201 Principles of public health (3 credits)
- Elective Courses (Department of Social Work and Social Administration)
- SOWK6259 Contemporary perspectives on death, dying and bereavement (6 credits)
- SOWK6292 Ageing and health (6 credits)
(1) Not all courses will be offered in any given year. For actual courses available, please refer to the Department of Law, School of Public Health, and Department of Social Work and Social Administration.
(2) Some of the courses may be offered on an intensive basis before the commencement of or during the semester. We are doing the preparation work for a number of additional electives and information about these additional electives are expected to be uploaded in due course.
Applicants must comply with the General Regulations and Regulations for Taught Postgraduate Curricula, and fulfil at least one of requirements (1) to (3) below AND (if applicable) requirement (4):
(1) hold the degree of Bachelor of Laws with at least second class honours of this University, or a qualification of equivalent standard from this University or another comparable institution accepted for this purpose; or
(2) hold the degree of Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery from this University, or a qualification of equivalent standard from this University or another comparable institution accepted for this purpose; or
(3) hold the degree in a discipline other than law or medicine with at least second class honours of this University, or a qualification of equivalent standard from this University or another comparable institution accepted for this purpose; and have at least two years of relevant experience and professional qualifications; and
(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, 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 7.0 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.
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For the 2019-2020 entry
Date: Tuesday, 18 December 2018
Time: 7:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Venue: Academic Conference Room, 11/F, Cheng Yu Tung Tower, The University of Hong Kong, Pokfulam, Hong Kong (Map)
Click here for registration.
Date: Wednesday, 5 December 2018
Time: 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm
Venue: Underground Lecture Theatre 2, LG1/F, New Clinical Building, Queen Mary Hospital, 102 Pokfulam Road, Hong Kong (Map)
Date: Friday, 16 November 2018
Time: 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm
Venue: Lecture Theatre, Centre for Health Protection, G/F, 147C Argyle Street, Kowloon (Map)
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Click here for submitting an online application.
Deadline: Hong Kong Time 12:00 noon, 28 February 2019.
Candidates are encouraged to submit their applications as early as possible as offers of admissions may be made on a rolling basis.