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

April 14, 2022 (Thursday)
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. For enquiries, please write to cmel@hku.hk.

Please refer to the Regulations and Syllabus of your respective intake for more details.

Remark: Not all courses will be offered in any given year. You may also refer to the course schedule per academic year for actual classes available.

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 April 14, 2022 (Thursday) 12:00 noon (GMT +8).

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