|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 (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 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 with relevant experience holding 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
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 (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 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.
List of Programmes
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