Activist Malala Yousafzai has said she is “so excited” after gaining a place at the University of Oxford.

The 20-year-old Nobel Peace Prize winner tweeted a screenshot of the confirmation that she will study Philosophy, Politics and Economics, or PPE.

Earlier this year, she told a conference she had received an offer, which was conditional of achieving three As at A-Level, but did not reveal the institution.

Ms Yousafzai, who narrowly avoided death in 2012 after being shot by the Pakistani Taliban for her outspoken campaigning over girls’ rights to an education, said: “So excited to go to Oxford!!

“Well done to all A-level students – the hardest year. Best wishes for life ahead!”

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

Ms Yousafzai will be following in the footsteps of world leaders by studying a course that has been dubbed the degree that “rules” Britain by the media.

Notable alumni include former premier of Pakistan Benazir Bhutto, a heroine of Ms Yousafzai, and Burma’s pro-democracy campaigner Aung San Suu Kyi as well as former British prime minister David Cameron and his one-time Labour opponent Ed Miliband.

PPE is also one of the prestigious university’s most over-subscribed courses, according to figures shown to the Press Association earlier this month.

Alan Rusbridger, the former editor of the Guardian newspaper who is now principal of the university’s Lady Margaret Hall college, tweeted: “Welcome to @lmhoxford, Malala!”