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LLM(IT&IPL) Information Technology and Intellectual Property Law

 Course Level
Masters / PG
Full Time

1 Year
 Start month

 Tuition fee

146000 HKD
110000 HKD

Application fee

International 300 HKD
National 300 HKD
Faculty of Law
Scores accepted
IELTS (min)6.5
TOEFL-IBT (min)93
TOEFL-PBT (min)583

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About this course

HKU’s LLM Programme in Information Technology and Intellectual Property Law is designed for students with law degrees or for IP or IT professionals with relevant legal experience who wish to undertake an in-depth study of the law, policies and cutting edge issues in their fields.

This programme provides a comprehensive combination of theoretical, practical and policy-oriented courses that enable candidates to understand the legal challenges in IP, patents, Internet and other technological innovation. Another feature of the programme is its coverage on local, mainland China, international and comparative courses, which are taught by leading experts or practitioners in the fields.


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Eligibility Criteria

Applicants must comply with the General Regulations and fulfil at least one of requirements 

  • 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
  • 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
  • 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.
  • 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 Faculty English language requirement with one of the following recognized English tests:
    •  Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL): A score of 593 or above (paper-based test) or 97 or above (internet-based test)
    •  International English Language Testing System (IELTS): An overall band score of 7 or above with no subtest below 6.5
  • The test score report is valid for two years for admissions purpose.

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Course Modules

Capstone course

  • LLAW6120 Intellectual property and information technology

Intellectual property law sub-stream

(Candidates must choose at least two 9-credit courses from this sub-stream.)

  • LLAW6243 Advanced intellectual property law
  • LLAW6223 Copyright and creativity
  • LLAW6005 Hong Kong intellectual property law
  • LLAW6132 International and comparative intellectual property law
  • LLAW6140 Intellectual property, innovation and development
  • LLAW6212 Intellectual property protection in China: law, politics and culture
  • LLAW6181 Management and commercialization of intellectual property
  • LLAW6219 Patent law
  • LLAW6200 Topics in trademark law

Information technology law sub-stream

(Candidates must choose at least two 9-credit courses from this sub-stream.)

  • LLAW6124 Communications law
  • LLAW6117 Cybercrime
  • LLAW6111 E-business law
  • LLAW6170 Introduction to information technology law
  • LLAW6176 Online Dispute Resolution
  • LLAW6139 PRC information technology law
  • LLAW6046 Privacy and data protection
  • LLAW6141 Regulation of cyberspace: theories of internet and normativity

Electives (Department of Law)

  • LLAW6106 Advanced issues in information technology law
  • LLAW6187 Advanced topics in competition law
  • LLAW6267 Courts
  • LLAW6249 Entertainment law: Popular iconography and the celebrity
  • LLAW6119 Human rights and cyberspace
  • LLAW6188 Intellectual property policy and practice
  • LLAW6054 9-Credit Dissertation
  • LLAW6014 18-Credit Dissertation

Electives* (Department of Computer Science)

  • ECOM6032 e-Discovery and digital forensics (6 credits)
  • ICOM6027 e-Crimes: digital crime scene and legal sanctions (6 credits)

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How to Apply

  • Look for the interested research areas
  • Create an application account
  • Complete the online application form
  • Check the application deadlines

Documents required:

  • A copy of your identification document (e.g. HKID card / passport / National identity card / birth certificate) 
  • A copy of your visa / entry permit issued by the Immigration Department of the HKSAR Government (if applicable)
  • Academic transcript(s) issued by your high school / institution, showing your grades/examination results of the last two years
  • National / International examination results# (e.g. IELTS, TOEFL, GCSE, HKCEE/HKALE/HKDSE, including in the case of GCE
  • AS-/A-Level, the Statement of Results which shows the numerical scores achieved)
  • Predicted grade for your upcoming examination issued by your school (if applicable)
  • A summary of not more than two A4-size pages of your extra-curricular activities, personal achievements, working experience, and/or any other information in support of your application
  • Two academic referee's reports


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