Mode of
Attendance

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

Programme
Director

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

Tuition
Fees*

(for 2021-2022)
Full-time: $153,300 p.a.
Part-time: $76,650 p.a.

* Subject to University’s approval.

Application
Deadline

(for 2021-2022)
1 March 2021
(GMT +8) 12:00 noon

Aims
Programme structure
Courses
Admission requirements
Information Session
Online application

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 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, at least 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.

Note: The course requirements may change from year to year. Please enquire for further details.

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

  • Compulsory Courses
    • LLAW6269 Introduction to medical law
      OR
      LLAW6270 Introduction to medical practice
    • 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
  • Law Elective Courses (Offered by Department of Law)
    • (Students must choose at least one course from the list below.)
    • LLAW6209 Comparative family law
    • 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
    • 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
    • LLAW6302 Law, Innovation, Technology and Entrepreneurship (LITE) Lab – Tech startup law plus
  • Non-law Elective Courses (Offered by School of Public Health, 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 & 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)
    • 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)
    • SOWK6283 Social work with persons with mental illness (6 credits)

NOTE:

(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. 

(3) The course requirements may change from year to year. Please enquire for further details.

Applicants must comply with the General Regulations and Regulations for Taught Postgraduate Curriculaand fulfil at least one of requirements (1) to (4) below AND (if applicable) requirement (5):

(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 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

(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 or professional qualifications; or

(4)  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

(5) 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.

For September 2021 Entry

[Session 2] Monday, 11 January 2021
(GMT +8) 6:45 pm – 7:30 pm
Live Zoom Session –  Please register here.

[Session 3] Monday, 22 February 2021
(GMT +8) 1:00 pm – 1:45 pm
Live Zoom Session – Please register here.

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Previous Sessions
[Session 1] Monday, 7 December 2020

(GMT +8) 2:30 pm – 3:00 pm

Online application.

Deadline: (GMT +8) 12:00 noon, 1 March 2021.

Candidates are encouraged to submit their applications as early as possible as offers of admissions may be made on a rolling basis.