When to apply

Admissions for the course starting September 2020 open on 2 September 2019 and close at 12 midday UK time on Friday 24 January 2020.

Applications that are incomplete at the deadline will not be considered and applicants will need to re-apply the following year. As the deadlines are strictly enforced, we encourage you to prepare and gather all your supporting materials in good time, including requesting official transcripts and references.

Obtaining an application form

The University requires candidates to apply online and for their referees to submit online references. To access the online application system, please visit www.graduate.ox.ac.uk/applyonline.

Completing the application form

Please ensure that you read the University’s Application Guide at www.graduate.ox.ac.uk/applicationguide prior to completing and submitting your application as this gives you important advice about what information is required and how to complete the various sections of the form.

Choosing a college

Each applicant must be admitted by a department or faculty of the University (in this case the Department for Continuing Education and Law Faculty) and by one of the colleges (for information on the role of colleges please see the College Guide). When you come to choose your college, you may wish to consider its facilities, resources, funding opportunities and location within Oxford.

Regardless of your college membership, your accommodation and meals during the summer residences, unless you are coming with children, is provided at New College so that you can live and study together as a group for the time you are in Oxford.  You will only be entitled to use certain other facilities in New College during the summer residence (e.g. the library and the college’s social/sports facilities for postgraduate members), if you are also a member of New College.

To find out which colleges currently accept students applying to the MSt in International Human Rights Law please visit the colleges tab of the MSt in International Human Rights Law course pages on the University of Oxford Graduate Admissions website.

On the application form you may choose to either (i) state a college preference or (ii) indicate that you have no college preference, in which case a college will be selected on your behalf. You will not be able to amend your choice after submitting your application. Whether or not you state a college preference will not affect how the department assesses your application.

Supporting materials

All applications require supporting materials to be submitted with the completed application form. The supporting materials required for this course are:

  • a personal statement of up to 500 words explaining your motivation for applying to this particular course
  • a CV/résumé
  • three references (academic references are preferable but professional references are acceptable as long as they are relevant to the course of study)
  • official transcripts detailing your university-level qualifications and marks to date.

Further information about the supporting materials can be found in the entry requirements section of the MSt in International Human Rights Law course pages on the University of Oxford Graduate Admissions website. Please note that writing samples of your work are not required (eg. publications, reports, dissertation chapters) and will not be considered in the selection process.

If English is not your first language you will also have to demonstate your English language proficiency at the University’s higher level. Please see the Application Guide for further information.

Submitting your application

You must submit your completed online application by the deadline. The deadline is strictly enforced and your application and all supporting materials, including references, must be received by the deadline in order to be considered. Further information about submitting your application can be found in the Application Guide.