Mode of

Full-time: 1 Year
Part-time: 2 Years


Ms Kelley Loper
Ms Lindsay Ernst
T. (852) 3917 2953 | E.


$42,100 p.a. (local students)
$161,000 p.a. (non-local students)


Part-time: $21,050 p.a.

* Subject to approval.


28 February 2018.

Programme structure
Admission requirements
Additional Information
Online application

The degree of Master of Laws in Human Rights is offered by the Faculty of Law as a response to the increasing interest in and relevance of human rights standards in Asia and elsewhere. The programme focuses on problems and perspectives which are of particular concern to the Asia-Pacific region, while at the same time ensuring that participants engage with universal human rights issues and the perspectives of other regional systems.

Students are required to complete 72 credits, including three 9-credit compulsory courses and a capstone experience in accordance with the regulations for this degree and the syllabus. Students may choose courses from the course outlines of individual areas of law below, and courses from any of the specialist programmes, but in any event no more than two courses from other LLM specialist programmes.

For the capstone course, students have the choice between

  • Human Rights in Practice (Experiential Learning) OR
  • a Supervised Dissertation (10.000 words)


Additional information:

More information of the programme can also be found at the Human Rights Hub, the Centre for Comparative and Public Law and the Human Rights Portal pages.

Applicants must comply with the General Regulations and Regulations for Taught Postgraduate Curriculaand 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 or an equivalent qualification accepted by the University for this purpose; or

(2) 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

(3) 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;

(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, shall 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.

The Pam Baker scholarships in Human Rights (for local students only) and the Wong Family Scholarships (for non-local students from Asian countries only) are available. Please click the links to the application forms for more information. The scholarships’ application deadline is the same as the programme’s application deadline.

More information of the programme can also be found at the Centre for Comparative and Public Law and the Human Rights Portal pages.

Online application

Deadline: Hong Kong Time 12:00 noon, 28 February 2018.