Students and graduates from the University of Oxford’s Master’s in International Human Rights Law engage in a range of human rights activities worldwide, including working in refugee camps, defending detainees in Guantanamo and at the International Criminal Court, designing a human rights-based curriculum for disabled primary school students in Uganda, as well as engaging in human rights work in Afghanistan's Helmand province and in Burma.

From 2014 we will be able to welcome more students to take part in this course, thanks to the generosity of The Brunsfield Foundation in Malaysia, which has generously provided funding for student scholarships. Run jointly by the Department for Continuing Education and the Faculty of Law, the Master’s programme is conducted on a part-time, distance learning basis over 22 months. The part-time nature of the course means that students can take part without causing disruption to their full-time work in human rights, and the often fragile situations with which they are involved.

The funding, which will provide a full scholarship for one student a year for five years from the ASEAN region (Association of Southeast Asia Nations - Brunei Darussalam, Cambodia, Indonesia, Laos, Malaysia, Myanmar, Philippines, Singapore, Thailand, Vietnam), will ensure that the University of Oxford continues to support human rights activists from the front line with the education and scholarship they need to develop the societies of the future.

Founded in 1990 by a Malaysian entrepreneur, Dato Dr Ir Gan Thian Leong, The Brunsfield Group is a well-established, dynamic and synergistically diversified enterprise with core business activities in integrated property development, construction and real estate management, trading and strategic industries, information and communication technology, shared and outsourcing services and international strategic businesses.

Learn more:

• A recent video clip from BBC news on local government reform in Helmand features recent graduate Scott Hackney:

• Read about graduate Jason Wright, who has gone on to work in defence of Guantanamo Bay detainees, in our student spotlights: 

Full details about the Brunsfield Scholarships will be made available shortly on the website of the MSt in International Human Rights Law at If you would like to be kept informed about this scholarship, please email inserting ‘IHRL MST Brunsfield’ in the subject line and the Course Administrator will add you to the mailing list.