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LL.M in Legal Practice [Top-up Award]

Awarded by
Manchester Metropolitan University, UK
Course Code
Study mode
Start Date
To be advised
1 year
Course Fee
HK$55,000 course fee & £920 registration fee (2018/19).
Study for a Fast and Flexible LLM and Claim CPD Points

This flexible top-up Masters course is a small programme admitting a maximum of around 20 students on a first-come first-served basis. This LLM is unique in Hong Kong as it offers students with at least one year’s experience of legal practice a fast route to obtain a higher law degree that may enhance their job prospects. Offered in collaboration with Manchester Metropolitan University (Manchester Met), the LLM in Legal Practice is particularly suited to busy working professionals as most parts of the course can be flexibly timetabled to accommodate their work schedules.

The LLM in Legal Practice has been approved by the Law Society of Hong Kong for the purpose of practitioners claiming CPD points in accordance with Law Society rules.

One of the great benefits of this LLM is that students automatically receive exemption from 120 of the 180 credits required for a Master’s degree because of their previous studies on either a Postgraduate Certificate in Laws (P.C.LL.) in Hong Kong or a Postgraduate Diploma in Legal Practice (PDLP) in England and Wales. For this reason, this LLM is only open to graduates of either the P.C.LL. or PDLP.

Students complete the remaining 60 credits required for a Master’s degree by researching and writing a paper on an area of professional practice in which they have particular interest or expertise.

All students follow three phases of study:

  1. 8 hours of lectures on Research Methods (compulsory but not part of final mark);
  2. 3,000 word Research Proposal (15% of final mark);
  3. 15,000 word Final Dissertation (85% of final mark).
Non-Local Higher and Professional Education (Regulation) Ordinance

This is an exempted course under the Non-local Higher and Professional Education (Regulation) Ordinance. It is a matter of discretion for individual employers to recognize any qualification to which this course may lead.

The only compulsory lectures are eight hours of face-to-face tuition in Research Methods delivered in Hong Kong by visiting Manchester Met staff through four two-hour sessions held over a period of one week. These classes are provisionally expected to start on Monday 22 October 2018. (Please note this date is subject to confirmation and could change.)

After these classes, students follow a flexible schedule. You first submit a 3,000 word Research Proposal on the preferred topic for your Final Dissertation. After this is approved, you will be allocated a Manchester Met supervisor. In some cases, you  may also be allocated a Hong Kong based co·supervisor if your chosen topic requires additional Hong Kong legal expertise not available in Manchester.

You then begin work on your 15,000 word Final Dissertation with advice from your supervisor. Supervision arrangements will be flexible to suit busy working professionals and may be either face-to·face or via Skype, e-mail or other audio visual means. The amount of supervision will vary from student to student, but should normally include at least one supervision session a month.

Students will have access to HKU libraries and also to the Manchester Met virtual learning environment via Moodle, a resource for information and communication.

Students are normally expected to complete the programme in one year.

The medium of instruction is English.


Students can choose from a wide range of possible research areas (subject to the availability of supervisors) including:

Business Associations
Civil Litigation
Company Law in a Global Context
Criminal Law
Criminal Justice
Criminal Practice
Employment Law
Equity and Trusts
European Union Law
Family Law
Human Rights Law
Law and Society
Medical Law and Ethics
Property Law and Conveyancing
Preference will be given to applicants whose preferred topic includes at least a significant element of English law. However we will also consider applicants interested in researching Hong Kong law in the above areas, subject to the availability of supervisors. When you apply, you should indicate which of the above areas are of most interest to you.

Note: HKU SPACE and Manchester Met cannot guarantee all of the above areas will be available every year (especially in relation to research topics involving Hong Kong law) as this depends on the availability of supervisors. 

Applicants will be accepted on a first-come-first-served basis and enrollment will close as soon as the course is full. Since this intake is limited to a maximum of around 20 students, applicants are strongly recommended to apply as early as possible to avoid disappointment.

All applicants must have either a Postgraduate Certificate in Laws (P.C.LL.) awarded by a Hong Kong university, or a Postgraduate Diploma in Legal Practice (PDLP) awarded by an English university (usually following completion of either a Legal Practice Course or Bar Professional Training Course), or an equivalent professional legal qualification acceptable to Manchester Metropolitan University.

All applicants must also have at least one year of relevant professional legal work experience. This may include work as a Barrister, Solicitor or other professional legal work.

It is the responsibility of applicants to determine their eligibility to study this programme, which is intended for those having the right to live and study in Hong Kong. Please note that, under current immigration rules, it is very unlikely any overseas applicants will be granted visas to study this programme. 


Course Fee
  • HK$55,000 course fee & £920 registration fee (2018/19).

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Enrolment Method

Applicants will be accepted on a first-come-first-served basis and enrollment will close as soon as the course is full. Since this intake is limited to a maximum of around 20 students, applicants are strongly recommended to apply as early as possible to avoid disappointment.

Payment Method
1. Cash or EPS

Cash or EPS are accepted at any HKU SPACE Enrolment Centres.

2. Cheque or bank draft

Course fees can also be paid by crossed cheque or bank draft made payable to “HKU SPACE”. Please write the programme title(s)  and the applicant’s name on the back of the cheque. You may either:

  • in person by submitting the payment, completed form(s), and required supporting documents to any of our enrolment centres; or
  • by mailing the above documents to any of our enrolment centres, specifying “Course Application” on the envelope. 
3. VISA/MasterCard

Course applicants, who are holders of HKU SPACE MasterCard, can enjoy a 10-month interest-free instalment period for courses of HK$2,000 and over. For enquiries, please contact our enrolment centres.

4. Online payment

Online payment for short courses (first come, first served) and selected award-bearing programmes is available using PPS, VISA or MasterCard. Please refer to the Online Services page on the School website.


  1. For general and short courses, applicants may be required to pay the course fee in cash or by EPS, Visa or MasterCard if the course is to start shortly.
  2. Fees paid are not refundable except under very exceptional circumstances (e.g. course cancellation due to insufficient enrolment), subject to the School’s discretion. In exceptional cases where a refund is approved, fees paid by cash, EPS, cheque or online PPS will be reimbursed by a cheque; fees paid by credit card will be reimbursed to credit card account used for payment.
  3. In addition to the published fees, there may be additional costs associated with individual programmes. Please refer to the relevant course brochures or direct any enquiries to the relevant programme teams for details.
  4. Fees and places on courses are not transferrable. Once accepted onto a course, the student may not change to another course without approval from HKU SPACE. A processing fee of HK$120 will be levied on each approved transfer.
  5. HKU SPACE will not be responsible for any loss of payment, receipt, or personal information sent by mail.
  6. For additional copies of receipts, please aubmit a completed form, a sufficiently stamped and self-addressed envelope, and a crossed cheque for HK$30 per copy made payable to ‘HKU SPACE’ to any of our enrolment centres. Such copies will normally be issued at the end of a course.

Dating back to 1824, Manchester Metropolitan University is one of the largest and most popular universities in the UK. It has over 38,000 undergraduate and postgraduate students, including a diverse community of 3,000 international students from over 120 countries.

Manchester Law School is one of the UK’s largest law schools, with more than 1,200 current students and over 20,000 alumni across the globe. It is an inspiring and highly professional environment in which to further your legal studies, deepen your knowledge of the law and develop your career aspirations.

Based at the heart of the country’s second largest legal hub, the Law School prides itself on connections to the regional and national legal community and benefits from being located within a thriving professional services sector.

It is a friendly and supportive law school, dedicated to providing you with outstanding opportunities to develop practical legal skills and to reach your individual aspirations and potential.

Highly experienced professionals teach the postgraduate and professional programmes, from practising solicitors and barristers to judges, renowned research academics and legal scholars. This ensures that your teaching is professionally relevant and informed by the latest practical developments in legal education and training.

The internationally recognised academic and legal practitioner staff have been instrumental in developing new research on subjects including equalities law, social justice, human rights, medical ethics and sports law.

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