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, 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
- Capstone Courses
- Law Elective Courses (Offered by Department of Law)
- Non-law Elective Courses (Offered by School of Public Health, and Department of Social Work and Social Administration)
(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 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.
For the 2020-2021 entry
1. Singapore – Special Session*
Date: 31 January 2020 (Fri)
Time: 12:15 pm – 1:45 pm
Venue: Academia @ Singapore General Hospital, L2-S3/S4, 20 College Rd, Singapore 169856
Registration: Click here to register
Fee: Free of charge
Speaker: Mr Terry Kaan, Associate Professor, Faculty of Law, The University of Hong Kong
Speaker: (Click here for his biography)
* In this special session Mr Kaan will give a 40-minute lecture on ”Legal Responses to Innovations in Medicine”. (Click here for the synopsis).
2. Hong Kong
[Session D] ** Postponed**
Date: 10 February 2020 (Monday)
Time: 1:00pm – 2:00pm
Venue: Seminar Room 1, 1/F, Postgraduate Education Centre (PEC), Prince of Wales Hospital, Shatin, New Territories
This session has been postponed due to unexpected circumstances. We will announce the new date and venue later.
Date: 19 December 2019 (Thursday)
Time: 7:00pm – 8:00pm
Venue: Professor & Mrs Enoch Young Lecture Theatre
Venue: Room 204, 2/F, SPACE Admiralty Centre
Venue: 18 Harcourt Road, Hong Kong (Map)
Date: 16 January 2020 (Thursday)
Time: 7:00pm – 8:00pm
Venue: Lecture Theatre, Centre for Health Protection, G/F, 147C Argyle Street, Kowloon
Date: 20 January 2020 (Monday)
Time: 1:00 – 2:00pm
Venue: Underground Lecture Theatre 2, LG1/F, New Clinical Building, Queen Mary Hospital, 102 Pokfulam Road, Hong Kong
Date: 23 January 2020 (Thursday)
Time: 7:00pm – 8:00pm
Venue: Academic Conference Room, 11/F, Cheng Yu Tung Tower, Centennial Campus, The University of Hong Kong
Click here for the powerpoint presentation.
Online application here.
Deadline: (GMT +8) 12:00 noon, 17 April 2020.
Candidates are encouraged to submit their applications as early as possible as offers of admissions may be made on a rolling basis.