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
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 of the the University, or a qualification of equivalent standard from the University or another comparable institution accepted for this purpose; or
(2) hold a degree of Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery from the University, or a qualification of equivalent standard from the University or another comparable institution accepted for this purpose; or
(3) hold a degree in a discipline other than law or medicine with at least second class honours of the University, or a qualification of equivalent standard from the University or another comparable institution accepted for this purpose; and have at least two years of relevant experience and professional qualifications.
(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 English language requirements as prescribed by the University (under General Regulation G2(b)) and the Faculty of Law.
Programme Admissions Advisor
Mr Terry Kaan