Monash University

Postgraduate - Course

Students who commenced study in 2012 should refer to this course entry for direction on the requirements; to check which units are currently available for enrolment, refer to the unit indexes in the the current edition of the Handbook. If you have any queries contact the managing faculty for your course.

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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)
Admission, fee and application details
Contact details

Postgraduate Studies Administrative Officer, building 70, Clayton campus, telephone +61 3 9905 4397, email

Course coordinator

Dr Judith Charlton


  • Unit codes that are not linked to their entry in the handbook are not available for study in the current year.


This course provides advanced multidisciplinary training in the principal areas of research in the broad field of injury prevention. Current research areas include:

  • child Abuse
  • disaster epidemiology
  • disaster resilience
  • falls prevention
  • injury epidemiology
  • injury outcomes
  • injury prevention in lower and middle income countries
  • road/transport safety
  • sports injury
  • workplace safety.


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.


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 MIRI and postgraduate seminar series covering issues in injury prevention from a multi-disciplinary perspective. 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 write and submit a thesis that represents a significant contribution to knowledge or understanding and which demonstrates the capacity to carry out independent research.

The thesis would not ordinarily exceed 100,000 words.


Doctor of Philosophy