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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 Faculty of Engineering

Managing facultyEngineering
Abbreviated titleMTraff
Total credit points required48
Standard duration of study (years)2 years PT
Study mode and locationOff-campus (Clayton)
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  • This course is not available to international students studying in Australia on a student visa. It can only be taken by international students from their home country.
  • Part-time study only.


This degree is part of a program incorporating the Master of Transport and Master of Traffic.

The program in transport and traffic is a response to the growing need for engineers with broad awareness of the characteristics and significance of transport, including its technological, economic and social impact. At the same time, the program outlines the state-of-the-art of transport engineering, as it may be applied to the solution of real problems in the planning, design, management and operation of transport facilities.

The course is aimed at giving the student a thorough understanding of the nature of transport demand and the role of transport in the modern community, a familiarity with the characteristics of modern transport technology, and the ability to appraise and evaluate solutions to transport problems. To achieve these aims, the development of appropriate analytical skills and practical knowledge is stressed, together with recognition of the role of other disciplines in tackling transport-related issues.

For these reasons, the program will have particular appeal to people with a few years postgraduate experience in transport wishing to have formal education in this field. Engineers working with road, traffic or public transport authorities, or in local government, and people with an interest in transport planning or research will find the course to be of benefit.

The postgraduate program in transport and traffic was designed with the assistance of a Department of Civil Engineering advisory committee on transport education. Through this committee, which includes representatives of government departments, local government, research institutions and private firms with an interest in transport, the department is kept abreast of needs and opportunities related to transport education.


Graduates will:

  • gain an understanding of the need to plan, develop and maintain the traffic system at a high level
  • demonstrate an understanding of the policy context of traffic engineering and management including interactions between transport technology, the land use and urban activity system and institutional/economic dimensions
  • be able to apply analytic techniques to traffic engineering and management
  • assess traffic related projects and policies in a rigorous manner
  • practice critical appraisal of the literature and evidence when evaluating the appropriateness of particular technologies or solutions to traffic problems
  • be able to recognise the importance of balancing a range of broad considerations in achieving the best operation of the traffic system.


Students complete seven core units and one elective unit.


Core units

  • CIV5301 Traffic engineering fundamentals
  • CIV5302 Traffic engineering and management
  • CIV5303 Quantitative methods
  • CIV5304 Intelligent transport systems
  • CIV5306 Road safety engineering
  • CIV5307 Parking policy and design
  • CIV5314 Transport planning and policy

Elective unit

Select one unit from:

  • CIV5305 Transport modelling
  • CIV5308 Case studies in transport
  • CIV5315 Transport economics
  • CIV5316 Fundamentals or urban public transport
  • one six point elective (which can be drawn from other transport and traffic units, infrastructure engineering units or units in the Master of Business Systems. Details of these units are available at

Total: 48 points

Progression to further studies

After completing the Master of Traffic, candidates are eligible to continue to the Master of Transport which requires completion of a further 24 points, including any core units in the Master of Transport not already undertaken in the Master of Traffic.


Master of Traffic