Abbreviation FT / PT

The Faculty of Law established the Master of Laws (LLM) in Human Rights in 1999 in response to the increasing number of ratifications of international human rights treaties, the establishment of new national human rights institutions,  and the strong interest among civil society actors in promoting human rights in the Asia-Pacific region. It provides full and partial scholarships to excellent applicants from jurisdictions in the Global South, especially within the Asian region. In the past two decades, scholarship recipients have come from countries such as Afghanistan, Cambodia, China, Ethiopia, Indonesia, Myanmar, Nepal, the Philippines, and Sri Lanka, among others.

The LLM in Human Rights Programme was designed to educate and equip students with practical and theoretical knowledge about international human rights law and its domestic implementation.  While the curriculum is international and considers human rights developments around the world, it focuses on issues of particular relevance to Asia.

The Programme aims to foster an active learning environment.  The diverse range of courses enables students to 1) understand the international human rights legal framework, 2) reflect on key human rights challenges from global, regional, and domestic perspectives, and 3) apply their knowledge to advocate for change.


The Pam Baker Scholarship in Human Rights (for local Hong Kong students) and the Wong Family Scholarships (for non-local students coming from countries in the Global South, especially within the Asian region) are available for application.  The Wong Family scholarship covers tuition and living expenses for qualified applicants. Full or partial scholarships will be awarded to a limited number of qualified students enrolled in the Programme.

Mode of Attendance

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

Medium of Instruction
Programme Entrance Requirements

Applicants must comply with the General Regulations and fulfil at least one of requirements (1) to (3) below AND (if applicable) requirement (4)

(1) hold a degree of Bachelor of Laws with at least second class honours or an equivalent qualification accepted by the University for this purpose; or

(2) hold a degree in a discipline other than law with at least second class honours accepted by the University for this purpose and have at least two years relevant experience and professional qualifications; or

(3) 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 a second class honours degree or a qualification of equivalent standard of this University or another comparable institution accepted for this purpose has also been obtained and

If applicable:

(4) For a candidate 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, shall satisfy the Faculty English language requirement with one of the following recognized English tests (N.B. for admissions purposes, the test score report is regarded as valid within two years of the application deadline):

(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 or above with no subtest below 6.5.

Programme Admissions Advisor(s)
Ms. Lindsay Ernst / Ms. Kelley Loper