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

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Manchester Metropolitan University, UK
Course Code
Application Code
Study mode
Start Date
10 Feb 2020 (Mon)
1 year
Course Fee
HK$56,700 course fee & £965 registration fee
Choose What You Want to Study on the Fast and Flexible Route to A Higher Degree

If you want the freedom to choose what you want to study with a flexible timetable that allows you to graduate with an LL.M after only one year's part-time study then this is the course for you. Offered in partnership with Manchester Metropolitan University, Hong Kong's LL.M in Legal Practice offers you more choice than almost any other course of its kind.

  • Cross border crime between Hong Kong and mainland China;
  • Does Hong Kong need tougher data privacy laws?
  • Fintech and crypto currencies in Hong Kong;
  • Land rights in Hong Kong;
  • Criminal Justice in the United Kingdom;
  • Listing rules on the Stock Exchange of Hong Kong.

These are just some of the topics our 2018/19 intake are researching on this highly flexible LL.M programme. If you're interested in studying one of these - or a different area of law - then enrollment is now open on a first come first served basis for the 2019/20 intake of Hong Kong's LL.M in Legal Practice. You'll benefit from one to one guidance from experienced supervisors at Manchester Metropolitan University, as well as local experts wherever possible. In 2018/19 these included:

  • Former Director of Public Prosecutions Grenville Cross;
  • Barrister and former Privacy Commissioner for Personal Data Allan Chiang;
  • Professor Malcolm Merry;
  • Professor Say Goo.

Please note there is no guarantee the same supervisors will be available in 2019/20. While Manchester Metropolitan and HKU SPACE will try to find supervisors for students' preferred research topics, and in 2018/19 all students were able to study their first choice topics, approval is subject to viability, resources and the availability of suitable supervisors.



One of the greatest benefit of this LL.M 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 LL.M 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 shall:

  1. complete 8 hours of lectures on Research Methods (compulsory but not part of final mark);
  2. submit a 3,000 word Research Proposal (15% of final mark); and
  3. submit a 15,000 word Final Dissertation (85% of final mark).

The LL.M 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.

Application Code 1770-LW025A -

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 classes are eight hours of teaching in Research Methods, which are provisionally expected to start on Monday 10 February 2020. (This date is subject to confirmation and could change.) These classes may be delivered either face-to-face or online, and successful applicants will be provided with full details prior to enrolling on the course.

After these classes, you will be allocated a supervisor from the Manchester Metropolitan University.  If your topic requires Hong Kong legal expertise, a Hong Kong based co-supervisor will be allocated to you.

You first submit a 3,000 word Research Proposal on the preferred topic for your Final Dissertation. After this is approved, you then begin to work on your 15,000 word Final Dissertation with advice from your supervisor. Supervision arrangements will be flexible to suit working professionals and may be either face-to-face or via Skype, e-mail or other audio visual means.

Students will have access to HKU libraries and also to the Manchester Metropolitan University virtual learning environment via Moodle, a platform containing useful information and direct communication.

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

The medium of instruction is English.

One of the great attractions of this course is that you can choose a topic that interests you from a wide range of research areas including:

Advocacy Criminal Practice Human Rights Law
Business Associations Employment Law Law and Society
Civil Litigation Equity and Trusts Medical Law and Ethics
Company Law in a Global Context Evidence Property Law and Conveyancing
Criminal Law European Union Law Succession
Criminal Justice Family Law Tort

You can choose to study Hong Kong, English or international law – or even a mixture of all three.  We will also consider applications from students interested in researching other areas of law, in addition to those listed above.

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 years' work experience in legal practice.  This may include work as a Barrister, Pupli Barrister, Solicitor, Trainee Solicitor or other forms of 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$56,700 course fee & £965 registration fee

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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 submit 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 learning is professionally relevant and informed by the latest practical developments in legal education and training.

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