Malala Yousafzai earns place at Oxford after UK exam results

She is to study Philosophy, Politics and Economics

Malala Yousafzai earns place at Oxford after UK exam results

Malala Yousafzai delivers her acceptance speech to the audience during the Nobel Peace Prize Award ceremony in 2014 | Image: Nigel Waldron/Getty Images

Human rights activist Malala Yousafzai has said she is "so excited" after being offered a place at Oxford University in Britain.

She received her A-level results - the UK equivalent of the Leaving Certificate - on Thursday.

The Nobel Peace Prize winner posted a message on Twitter describing this as "the hardest year" with a picture of the confirmation she will study philosophy, politics and economics.

Earlier this year, she announced she had received an offer conditional on getting three A grades, but did not reveal the institution.

Her father, Ziauddin Yousafzai, tweeted: "My heart is full of gratitude. We are grateful to Allah & thank u 2 all those who support @Malala 4 the grand cause of education."

Malala will be following in the footsteps of many world leaders who studied at Oxford.

Notable alumni include former Pakistani leader Benazir Bhutto and Burma's pro-democracy campaigner, Aung San Suu Kyi.

The 20-year-old hails from a city in northwest Pakistan, where girls were banned from attending school.

She was shot by local militants angry at a blog she was writing for anonymously promoting girls' education, but survived.

Malala was awarded the Tipperary Peace Prize back in 2013.