MSt in International Human Rights Law

Course details


The degree is assessed by coursework, examinations and a dissertation. The percentage weightings of each part of the course are:

  • Coursework 20%
  • Examinations 50% (four exams at 12.5% each)
  • Dissertation 30%

IT Requirements

In order to take this course you will need frequent and reliable internet access and a computer meeting our recommended minimum computer specification. It is possible, with some limitations, to use tablet-style devices; if you intend to use one of these devices please see our information on mobile devices. If you are in any doubt as to whether your computer or mobile device is suitable for taking the course, please contact We strongly recommend that students bring their own laptop or mobile device to the summer residences.

Who should apply?

We welcome applications from persons in all fields of human rights practice. Past students have come from a variety of backgrounds including international, governmental and non-governmental agencies, private and corporate practice, academia, politics, journalism and medicine. The programme cultivates the widest possible diversity in both its students and faculty.

The degree is designed primarily for early and mid-career lawyers and human rights practitioners with a demonstrated commitment to the advancement of human rights. About 70% of our students are lawyers but non-lawyers with extensive experience in human rights are also welcome to apply. The course is enriched by the variety of student backgrounds and the evidence indicates that non-lawyers perform as well as lawyers on the course. 

How to apply

For detailed information on admissions deadlines, entry requirements and how to apply, please visit our course page on the Graduate Admissions website.

You must submit a number of supporting materials with your application including references, transcripts and a CV. In addition, this course requires proficiency in English at the University’s higher level. If your first language is not English, you may need to provide evidence that you meet this requirement. Further information is provided in the entry requirements section of our course page on the Graduate Admissions website.

If you choose to enter a college preference on your application form, you may wish to consider its facilities, resources, funding opportunities and location within Oxford. Please note, however, that your accommodation and meals during the summer residences, unless you are coming with children, is provided at New College regardless of college membership. To find out which colleges accept students on the Masters in International Human Rights Law please visit the colleges section of our course page on the Graduate Admissions website.

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