Abbreviation FT / PT
LLM(MEL) FT / PT

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 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, and it spans important topics such as consent to confidentiality, research best practices, ethics at the end of life and nuances of medical negligence. This programme is offered by the Faculty of Law of the University of Hong Kong and is open to candidates with a degree in law or medicine, or to candidates who have either relevant experience or professional qualifications and hold a degree in a discipline other than law or medicine.  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.

Mode of Attendance

Full Time (one year)
Part Time (two years)

Medium of Instruction
English
Programme Entrance Requirements

Applicants must comply with the General Regulations and the Regulations for Taught Postgraduate Curricula and 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

If applicable:
(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 test:
(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 of the application deadline.

Subject to satisfying the above entrance requirements, applications are considered based on the applicant's previous academic record, relevant experiences, references, personal statements and other information as validly provided in an application submission, and in view of applications received from other applicants and taking into account the quota for the programme.

Notes:
(1) In view of the large number of applications, applicants are strongly encouraged to submit their application early;
(2) Supporting documents must be submitted within three weeks from the date of application;
(3) In the event you expect to be unable, despite best efforts, to satisfy all documentary requirements; you are encouraged to submit the application together with a note explaining the situation and indicating when the outstanding documents are expected to be provided;
(4) Failure to complete the documentations may result in delay in consideration of the application.  An application will not be reviewed and acted upon until it is complete.

Programme Admissions Advisor(s)
Dr. Calvin Ho 
Email: cmel@hku.hk; lawpgs@hku.hk

Contacts
Tel: (852) 3917-1845; (852)3917-2953
Email: cmel@hku.hk; lawpgs@hku.hk
Website:  https://llm.law.hku.hk/mel/

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