Master of Laws (LL.M) in Human Rights

Key information
UniversityUniversity of Hong Kong
CountryHong Kong
Learning modeBlended
PaceFull-time, Part-time
Duration12 – 24 months
Tuition fee42,100 and 171,000 HK$ per year
Application deadline(s)February 28, 2022
Official WebsiteClick here


The Master of Laws (LL.M) in Human Rights Programme (‘Programme’) was established in 1999 in response to the growing demand for knowledge about human rights in the Asia-Pacific region.  The Programme focuses on human rights issues of global concern, including in the Asia-Pacific region, and 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 real change.  The curriculum covers human rights law but draws on other disciplines such as history, politics, philosophy, and sociology to ensure the law is understood in context.  It also has a clinical option so students can apply what they learn in practice.

Teachers include renowned experts in the field from around the world including eminent scholars, judges, United Nations (UN) human rights mandate holders, and heads of non-governmental organisations.

We attract students from a broad range of backgrounds including lawyers, judges, the staff of national human rights institutions and NGOs, journalists, doctors, scholars, government officials, and many others.  This diversity has enriched the learning experience and contributed to a vibrant international alumni network.


  • Pam Baker Scholarships in Human Rights (for local applicants); and
  • Wong Family Scholarships (for applicants from jurisdictions outside of Hong Kong, especially within the Asian region).

The latest version of the application forms are available at (Pam Baker Scholarships), and (Wong Family Scholarships).

Course Syllabus

To complete the curriculum for the degree of Master of Laws in Human Rights, a candidate shall satisfactorily complete 72 credits in the case of a full-time study in one academic year, including a capstone experience, or 36 credits in the case of a part-time study in each of the two years of study, including a capstone experience.

Candidates are required to complete three 9-credit compulsory courses, a capstone experience [Dissertation or Human Rights in Practice (Human Rights Clinic)], and elective human rights courses (the list of course offerings is available at courses from any of the specialist programmes.

Admission Requirements

(1) To be eligible for admission to the Programme, applicants shall:

(a) comply with the General Regulations;

(b) 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

(c) 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

(d) 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;

(e) satisfy the Faculty English proficiency requirement with one of the following recognized English tests 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:

Tests & Minimum Requirement
TOEFL (Paper-based Test): A score of 593 or above
TOEFL (Internet-based Test): A score of 97 or above
IELTS: Band 7 or above with no subtest below 6.5

(Note: The Faculty accepts TOEFL/IELTS score report as valid where it is obtained within two years of the application deadline.)

(2) An application for exemption from the admission requirements with justifications and relevant supporting documents, if any, may be considered on a case-by-case basis.

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