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Monash University Handbook 2010 Postgraduate - Course

This course entry should be read in conjunction with information provided in the 'Faculty information' section of this Handbook by the Accident Research Centre

Managing facultyAccident Research Centre
Abbreviated titlePhD-ARC
CRICOS code041042F
Standard duration of study (years)4 years FT, 8 years PT
Study mode and locationOn-campus (Clayton, Sunway)
Off-campus (Clayton)
Contact details

Postgraduate Studies Administrative Officer
Building 70, Clayton Campus
Telephone +61 3 9905 4397

Course coordinator

Dr Judith Charlton


The Doctor of Philosophy program provides advanced multidisciplinary training in the principal areas of research in the broad field of injury prevention. The PhD is awarded by the University to candidates who write and submit a thesis that represents a significant contribution to knowledge or understanding and which demonstrates the capacity to carry out independent research. Current research areas include:

  • injury epidemiology injury prevention in the ageing population
  • implementation and evaluation methods in injury prevention
  • transportation safety, particularly road safety including human factors, intelligent transport systems, vehicle safety and injury biomechanics
  • injury prevention in the workplace
  • injury prevention in developing countries.


Students who have completed the PhD program will produce a thesis that displays competence in carrying out research in the broad field of injury prevention. They will demonstrate their ability, under supervision, to:

  • frame a relevant research question
  • critically appraise the literature in their field
  • apply appropriate research techniques and demonstrate mastery of their selected techniques
  • demonstrate a depth of knowledge of theory underpinning their particular area of research
  • communicate their research findings
  • write up their research in a high quality thesis that contributes to new knowledge or understanding.

Research component

100 per cent research.


The PhD program has two components:

(a.) Thesis: Assessment is based 100 per cent on thesis examination.

(b.) Study program: The minor component is a study program. The total amount of time devoted to the study program should not exceed 10 per cent of the candidature, equivalent to approximately 16 weeks. The study program includes participation in MUARC and PhD seminar series and may also involve other study activities tailored to each candidate's specific interests and needs. The objectives of the study program are to:

  • develop a broader understanding of the field of accident and injury prevention, which may not have been obtained in a single disciplinary-based undergraduate degree
  • expose candidates to issues beyond their chosen thesis topic
    foster an environment of inquiry
  • support the development of critical analysis skills.


Students submit a thesis, the length of which would not ordinarily exceed 100,000 words.


Doctor of Philosophy