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What will I learn?

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 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.

Which department am I in?

Faculty of Law

Study options

Full Time (1 year)

Tuition fees
HK$153,300.00 (15,57,294) per year

*Price shown is for indicative purposes, please check with institution

Application deadline

Expected February 2023

More details

Start date

September 2022

Venue

The University of Hong Kong

MG 14, Ground Floor, Main Building,

The University of Hong Kong, Pokfulam,

Southern, Hong Kong, Hong Kong Island

Entry requirements

For students from United States

To be eligible for admission to the courses leading to a taught postgraduate qualification, a candidate: shall hold a Bachelor's degree of this University or a qualification of equivalent standard from this University or another comparable institution accepted for this purpose. English Language Requirements: TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language): a score of 550 or above in the paper-based TOEFL; or a score of 213 or above in the computer-based TOEFL; or a score of 80 or above in the internet-based TOEFL; or IELTS (International English Language Testing System) - A minimum overall band of 6 with no subtest lower than 5.5; or GCE (General Certificate of Education) - Grade C or above; or IGCSE (International General Certificate of Secondary Education) - Grade C or above; or Cambridge Test of Proficiency in English Language - Grade C or above.

For international students

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.

*There may be different IELTS requirements depending on your chosen course.

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