Fees and funding

Course fees

This course is taught over two years and fees are due for payment at the start of each academic year though students may choose to pay in three termly instalments each year if they prefer. Fees are the same for all students on this course regardless of your fee status.

The total annual course fees are set out on our course page on the Oxford University Graduate Admissions website. The fees cover your teaching and compulsory reading materials as well as other academic services and facilities provided to support your studies. They also include accommodation & meals at New College during summer sessions. Fees for the second year of your course will be higher due to annual fee increases. Please see guidance on likely increases to fees and charges. Students who do not stay in the accommodation provided at New College during the residential period can receive a reduction/refund of fees.  

Applicants (especially those from overseas) should note that, in addition to fees, they will need to budget for their own travel costs and insurance.

If you receive an offer of a place, the Department for Continuing Education and your college will require you to complete a Financial Declaration form to meet your financial condition of admission. This aims to ensure that you are fully aware of the expected fees associated with your chosen course of study at Oxford. You will also be asked to pay a deposit of £1000 to confirm acceptance of the place. This will be due by 15 May of the year of entry to the course. The deposit payment is non-refundable. However, the University will refund the deposit in certain specific circumstances. These are set out on the Graduate Admissions deposits page.


For general information and advice about funding your studies please visit the University's Fees and Funding website. You may also find the Department's Funding website useful.

Oxford University scholarships

Oxford scholarships are usually awarded on the basis of academic excellence and potential, and will cover some or all of your course fees and/or provide a grant for living costs for your period of fee liability. The eligibility criteria for different scholarships vary, with some being open to the majority of new graduate students and others restricted by particular characteristics, for example by degree subject or country of ordinary residence.

For most Oxford scholarships, all you need to do is submit your course application by the January deadline for this course. Based on the information supplied in your graduate application, you will be automatically considered for scholarships where you meet the eligibility criteria or you will be contacted by the University and invited to apply.  A list of these scholarships is available on the University's A-Z list of scholarships.  In the past, students on this course have been awarded Clarendon Fund scholarships and Oxford Kobe scholarships.

A small number of scholarships require an additional application. A list of these is available on the University's A-Z list of scholarships. You can use the University's Fees, funding and scholarships search to identify those for which you may be eligible.

International Human Rights Law scholarships

In addition to the scholarships on the University's A-Z list of scholarships there are a number of scholarships specific to this course and these are listed below.  To be considered, all you need to do is submit your course application by the January deadline. All use the University's standard scholarship selection terms. Selection is expected to take place by the end of March 2021. If you have not heard from by this date, you should assume you have been unsuccessful. 

  • Alastair McBain International Human Rights Law Scholarship

    One full scholarship is available for applicants to this course starting September 2022 who are either (i) nationals of countries that formed part of the former Soviet Union but do not fall within the EEA* and are ordinarily resident outside of the EEA or (ii) ordinarily resident or who have received their higher education in a country of the EEA that formed part of the Soviet Union**. Priority will be given to candidates in the first category. The scholarships are funded by the McBain Family Charitable Foundation through the Bonavero Institute of Human Rights at the University of Oxford. The scholarship covers course fees and a study support grant (towards your travel expenses to Oxford and other sundry expenses). The award covers the two years of the course
    * Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Estonia, Georgia, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Latvia, Lithuania, Moldova, Russia, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, Ukraine, Uzbekistan.
    ** Bulgaria, Croatia, Czech Republic, Estonia, Hungary, Latvia, Lithuania, Poland, Romania, Slovakia, Slovenia
  • Oxford Brunsfield ASEAN Human Rights Scholarships

    Up to two full scholarships are available for applicants to this course starting September 2022 who are nationals of, and ordinarily resident in Brunei Darussalam, Cambodia, Indonesia, Laos, Malaysia, Myanmar (Burma), Philippines, Singapore, Thailand or Vietnam. The scholarship is jointly funded by the University and the Brunsfield Foundation of Malaysia. The scholarship covers course fees and a study support grant (towards your travel expenses to Oxford and other sundry expenses). The award covers the two years of the course.
  • Commonwealth Distance Learning Scholarships

    These scholarships are for candidates from low middle income Commonwealth countries for part-time Master’s study by distance learning on selected courses offered by UK universities.  They are funded by the UK Department for International Development (DFID) with the aim of contributing to the UK’s international development aims and wider overseas interests, supporting excellence in UK higher education, and sustaining the principles of the Commonwealth. The scholarships covers course fees and a study support grant (towards your travel expenses to Oxford and other sundry expenses). Awards cover the two years of study.

    The availability of the scholarships is determined on an annual basis and the outcome of Oxford's funding application for the course starting September 2022, will not be known until February 2022.  However, Oxford University has been successful in securing funding for the Master’s in International Human Rights Law since 2012 which, together with contributions from a number of other donors, has enabled us to offer over 45 full scholarships. If our latest funding application is successful, students who fulfil the eligibility criteria, will be considered for these scholarships. Those who are successful at the first stage will be invited to submit an application to the Commonwealth Scholarship Commission.

    Candidates for Commonwealth Distance Learning Scholarships must be (a) a citizen of or be granted refugee status from an eligible Commonwealth country, or be a British Protected Person and (b) permanently and continually resident in an eligible Commonwealth country. To check if you may be eligible for a Commonwealth Distance Learning Scholarship, please visit the Commonwealth Scholarship website and enter your country. 
  • International Human Rights Law Scholarship Fund

    This fund offers partial scholarships in the region of £500 – £5000 to assist one or more new students to attend the course each year. The fund is made up of donations from alumni and the amounts available vary from year to year.

Student Loans

International students are encouraged to contact the Ministry of Education or Education Department in their own country for information on national aid schemes. In some countries, students are able to apply for a student loan from the Department of Education. For US students the course is eligible for a private loan but not a federal loan and applications should be submitted via the US Loans office at the University.