Monash University

Postgraduate - Course

Students who commenced study in 2014 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 applies to students commencing this course in 2014 and should be read in conjunction with information provided in the 'Faculty information' section of this Handbook by the Monash Injury Research Institute

Managing facultyMonash Injury Research Institute
Abbreviated titlePhD - MIRI
CRICOS code041042F
Standard duration of study (years)4 years FT, 8 years PT
Study mode and locationOn-campus (Clayton)
Off-campus (Clayton)
Multi-modal (Clayton)
Admission, fee and application details
Contact details

Postgraduate Studies Administrative Officer, building 70, Clayton campus, telephone +61 3 9902 0358, email

Course coordinator

Associate Professor Judith Charlton


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


Candidature in a Doctor of Philosophy involves the independent investigation of a research problem that has been formulated by the candidate. It is expected that the research undertaken will make a significant contribution to the discipline in which the candidate is enrolled. Doctoral candidates are supported by a minimum of two supervisors throughout their candidature.


Successful completion of the program will signify that the holder has completed a course of postgraduate training in research under proper academic supervision and has submitted a thesis that the examiners have declared to be a significant contribution to knowledge and which demonstrates the candidate's capacity to carry out independent research.

Candidature rules

For all candidature rules and other important information for PhD candidates refer to the Handbook for Doctoral and MPhil DegreesHandbook for Doctoral and MPhil Degrees (


This course consists of a research and thesis component.

Areas of research

Current research areas include:

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


Candidates must, in consultation with and under the direct supervision of a member/s of the academic staff:

(a.) carry out a program of research on an agreed topic approved by the institute in the candidate's chosen discipline for a specified period, including attending and/or presenting at seminars and other related activities as indicated by the institute

(b.) submit for assessment a thesis of not more than 100,000 words on the program of research which meets the requirements of the examiners. Submission of the thesis based on or partially based on conjointly published or unpublished work may be permitted

(c.) participate in a study program. The total amount of time devoted to the study program should not exceed 10 per cent of the candidature. 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.


Doctor of Philosophy