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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Managing facultyEngineering
Abbreviated titleMTrans
Total credit points required72
Standard duration of study (years)1.5 years FT, 3 years PT
Study mode and locationOff-campus (Clayton)
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  • Unit codes that are not linked to their entry in the handbook are not available for study in the current year.
  • International students are only able to study this course in their country of residence.
  • 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 who wish 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 transport system at a high level
  • demonstrate an understanding of the policy context of transport planning including interactions between transport technology, the land use and urban activity system and institutional/economic dimensions
  • be able to apply analytic techniques to transport planning
  • assess transport 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 transport problems
  • be able to recognise the importance of balancing a range of broad considerations in achieving the best operation of the transport system.

Credit for prior studies

A maximum of 25 per cent of course requirements for previous graduate level studies may be credited for prior study. Credits or exemptions will not be granted for undergraduate qualifications.

Students articulating from the Postgraduate Diploma in Transport and Traffic will be eligible for a total of 24 points of credit.

Students entering the masters program with a four-year degree in engineering, science, applied science or an appropriate equivalent degree will be eligible for a total of 24 points of credit.

Students who have completed the Master of Traffic will be eligible for a total of 24 points of credit.


Students are required to pass 12 units (72 points).

Applicants with a four-year Bachelor degree in a cognate discipline will be granted up to a maximum of 24 points credit, equivalent to the Graduate Certificate and hence will only be required to undertake a further 48 credit points of study in order to qualify for the Masters degree.The course comprises seven core plus elective units to total 72 credit points. The number of elective units to be completed will depend on the entry qualification and whether credit has been given for prior study.


Core units

  • CIV5301 Traffic engineering fundamentals
  • CIV5303 Quantitative methods
  • CIV5304 Intelligent transport systems
  • CIV5305 Transport modelling
  • CIV5310 Infrastructure project and policy evaluation
  • CIV5314 Transport planning and policy
  • CIV5315 Transport economics

Students articulating from the Graduate Certificate in Transport and Traffic and the Graduate Diploma in Transpoirt and Traffic, or who have previously completed the Master of Traffic will have already completed a number of core units. These students must make up the required credit points for the masters by selecting sufficient units from the elective units listed below.

Elective units

Select units from:

  • CIV5302 Road traffic: Engineering and management
  • CIV5306 Road safety engineering
  • CIV5307 Parking policy and design
  • CIV5308 Case studies in transport
  • CIV5316 Fundamentals of urban public transport
  • other transport and traffic units, infrastructure engineering units or units in the course 3341 Master of Business Information Systems

Total: 72 points

Progression to further studies

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

Alternative exit(s)

Students wishing to exit the Master of Transport early may apply to graduate with course 2863 Graduate Diploma in Transport and Traffic provided they have satisfied the requirements for that award.


Graduate Diploma in Transport and Traffic
Master of Transport