Abbreviation FT / PT
LLM(MEL) FT / PT

The delivery of healthcare and the conduct of biomedical research are fields which are being transformed by rapidly advancing technologies, and which attract constant law reforms and rapidly evolving standards and policy innovation.  These dynamic transformations at the junction of the professional disciplines of law and of medicine raise ethical, legal and social issues in relation to the practice of medicine and the conduct of biomedical research. The Master of Laws in Medical Ethics and Law is a interdisciplinary programme designed to equip lawyers, physicians, nurses, healthcare workers, medical social workers, healthcare administrators with the tools necessary to recognise and meet current and emerging ethical, legal and social challenges in the fields of healthcare and biomedical research.  The programme is offered by the Faculty of Law and is an joint initiative of both the Faculty of Law and the Li Ka Shing Faculty of Medicine, with academic leadership and teaching support from both faculties.  Students will be required to take core modules covering topics in bioethics, the legal and ethical underpinnings of the physician-patient relationship, issues in the beginning and the end of life, and the regulation of biomedical research, as well as appropriate elective modules drawn from those offered by the Law Faculty and other schools.

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 (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 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.

Programme Admissions Advisor
Mr Terry Kaan
Email: cmel@hku.hk

Contacts
Tel: 3917 1845
Email: cmel@hku.hk
Website:  https://llm.law.hku.hk/mel/

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