Mode of
Attendance

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

Programme
Director

Dr Calvin Ho
T. (852) 3917 1845
E. lawpgs@hku.hk; cmel@hku.hk

Tuition
Fees*

(for 2022-2023)
Full-time: $161,000 p.a.
Part-time: $80,500 p.a.

* Subject to University’s approval.

Application
Deadline

February 28, 2022 (Monday)
12:00 noon (GMT +8)

Aims
Programme structure
Courses
Admission requirements
Information Session
Online application

The curriculum of the Master of Laws in Medical Ethics and Law [LLM(MEL)] programme is designed as an integrated interdisciplinary one that addresses concerns of growing importance in the health professions, law and business. The programme aims at providing students with an appreciation of various aspects of the fields of health ethics and law, such as medical negligence and bioethics. The curriculum offers lawyers, social scientists, policymakers and healthcare professionals a guide to the fundamental ethical, legal and social issues influencing the delivery of healthcare.

This programme is open to candidates with a degree in law, or in medicine. Suitable candidates holding a degree in a discipline other than law or medicine with at least two years of relevant experience or professional qualifications will also be considered.

The following is subject to changes which may take effect from the academic year of 2022-2023 or thereafter.

Candidates are required to complete not fewer than 72 credits nor more than 78 credits, which shall include:
(1) the four core courses; and
(2) a capstone course; and
(3a) if the candidate DOES NOT hold any foundational LLB, JD or other equivalent common law system qualification, a foundational course; or
(3b) if the candidate holds any foundational LLB, JD or other equivalent common law system qualification, either the designated law elective or ONE law elective in lieu of it as may be stipulated in either case by the Head of the Department of Law in the exercise of his or her discretion upon recommendation of the Programme Director; and
(4) a number of electives carrying 18-24 credits in total, among which there must be at least one law elective and one non-law elective.

A selection of law and non-law electives are offered. Candidates enrolling in non-law electives should be aware that the electives offered by the School of Public Health are 3-credit in value and that the electives offered by the Department of Social Work and Social Administration and the School of Nursing are 6-credit in value.

Remark:
– All of the above is subject to changes which may take effect from the academic year of 2022-2023 or some time thereafter.
– Course requirements may change from year to year. Please enquire for further details.

The following is subject to changes which may take effect from the academic year of 2022-2023 or thereafter.

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

  • Foundational Course
    • LLAW6269 Introduction to medical law
  • Compulsory Courses
    • LLAW6271 Bioethics foundations
    • LLAW6274 The beginning and end of life
    • LLAW6272 The physician-patient relationship
    • LLAW6250 The regulation of biomedical research
  • Capstone Courses
    • (Students must choose one of the following courses.)
    • LLAW6054 9-credit Dissertation
    • LLAW6273 Practicum project
  • Designated Law Elective(Offered by Department of Law)
    • LLAW6270 Introduction to medical practice
  • Law Elective Courses (Offered by Department of Law)
    • (Students must choose at least one course from the list below.)
    • LLAW6209 Comparative family law
    • LLAW6300 Digitalisation: Health, law and policy
    • LLAW6106 Global information technology law and practice
    • LLAW6005 Hong Kong intellectual property law
    • LLAW6120 Intellectual property and information technology
    • LLAW6212 Intellectual property protection in China: law, politics and culture
    • LLAW6140 Intellectual property, innovation and development
    • LLAW6132 International and comparative intellectual property law
    • LLAW6270 Introduction to medical practice
    • LLAW6302 Law, Innovation, Technology and Entrepreneurship (LITE) Lab – Tech startup law plus
    • LLAW6291 Mental disability and the law
    • LLAW6219 Patent law
    • LLAW6164 Principles of family law
    • LLAW6046 Privacy and data protection
    • LLAW6275 The legal foundations of global health and development
  • Non-law Elective Courses (Offered by the School of Public Health, School of Nursing and Department of Social Work and Social Administration)
    • (Students must choose at least one course from the list below.)
    • CMED6909 Comparing systems of elder care (3 credits)
    • CMED6104 Emerging infectious diseases and “one health” (3 credits)
    • CMED6204 Health and 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)
    • NURS8250 Organizational development and global trend (6 credits)
    • NURS8222 Statistical practice in health sciences (6 credits)
    • SOWK6292 Ageing and health (6 credits)
    • SOWK6214 Children and youth mental health (6 credits)
    • SOWK6084 Intervention in health care settings (6 credits)
    • SOWK6201 Mental health problems in old age (6 credits)
    • SOWK6310 Psychosocial approaches in mental health care (6 credits)
    • SOWK6350 Social work and health care (6 credits)
    • SOWK6283 Social work with persons with mental illness (6 credits)

Remark:
– Not all courses will be offered in any given year. Please refer to annual course offerings for actual courses available.
– Some courses may be offered on an intensive basis before the commencement of or during the semester.

To be eligible for admission to the programme, applicants shall:

(a) comply with the General Regulations and the Regulations for Taught Postgraduate Curricula; and

(b)(i) 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

(b)(ii) hold the degrees 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

(b)(iii) 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 or professional qualifications; or

(b)(iv) 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, the candidate has also obtained a degree 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

(c) for a candidate seeking admission based on 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 University English language requirement applicable to higher degrees as prescribed under General Regulation G2(b).

The Faculty has its specific requirements concerning IELTS and TOEFL:

TOEFL (Paper-based Test): Minimum Requirement* – A score of 593 or above
TOEFL (Internet-based Test): Minimum Requirement* – A score of 97 or above
IELTS: Minimum Requirement*- Band 7 or above with no subtest below 6.5

*The Faculty accepts the TOEFL/IELTS score report as valid when obtained within two years of the application deadline.

For September 2022 Entry

You may join one of our information sessions and see if the LLM(MEL) programme is a right fit for you.

[Session 1] 19th January 2022 (Wednesday)
(GMT +8) 7:00 PM – 7:45 PM
Live Zoom Session –  Please register here.

[Session 2] 16th February 2022 (Wednesday)
(GMT +8) 7:00 PM – 7:45 PM
Live Zoom Session – Please register here.

The application deadline for the LLM(MEL) Programme is at 12:00 pm (GMT +8) on 28 February 2022 (Monday).

Please submit your application through the following link:
– Full-time: https://tinyurl.com/ycks57wt
– Part-time: https://tinyurl.com/2p97kamu