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Monash University

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This course entry applies to students commencing this course in 2016 and should be read in conjunction with information provided in the 'Faculty information' section of this Handbook by the Faculty of Engineering.

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Course type

Single degree
Master's by coursework

Standard duration

1.5 years FT, 3 years PT

Students have a maximum of five years to complete this course including any periods of intermission.

Mode and location

Off-campus (Clayton)


Master of Transport


  • This course is not available to international students who are holders of an Australian student visa, for study onshore in Australia. However holders of some other categories of Australian visas living in Australia, and students studying off-campus by distance learning (where this option is available) and living outside of Australia, may be eligible for this course.


The Master of Transport 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 and traffic 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 and traffic 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 course will have particular appeal to people with a few years postgraduate experience in transport or traffic 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, traffic engineering or research will find the course to be of benefit.

The course was designed with the assistance of the Institute of Transport Studies Advisory Committee. Through this committee, which includes representatives of government departments, local government, research institutions and private firms with an interest in transport, the institute's academic staff are kept abreast of needs and opportunities related to transport and traffic education.


These course outcomes are aligned with the Australian Qualifications Framework level 9, the Bologna Cycle 2 and Monash Graduate AttributesAustralian Qualifications Framework level 9, the Bologna Cycle 2 and Monash Graduate Attributes (

Upon successful completion of this course it is expected that graduates will be able to:

  • appreciate a range of international innovations in transport and traffic systems and judge the effectiveness and appropriateness of those for local application
  • critically appraise the literature and other evidence when evaluating the appropriateness of particular technology or solutions to transport and traffic problems
  • develop, appraise and evaluate actions on the basis of their ability to enhance the sustainability of the transportation and traffic systems and thereby deliver positive environmental, economic and social outcomes for the community
  • recommend appropriate analytic techniques to provide information to support decision making in relation to the transportation and traffic system
  • communicate effectively to peers, professional colleagues and members of the community using different formats as appropriate for the audience
  • plan, undertake and report on a transport/traffic related research or investigation project at the level of an open enquiry within a mix of structured and self-determined guidelines.

Credit for prior studies

A maximum of 25 per cent of course requirements for previous graduate level studies may be credited for prior study.

Students entering the master's 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.


This course consists of five core units (30 points) and seven electives (42 points).


Students must complete part (a) and part (b).

(a) the following five core units (30 points):

  • CIV5302 Traffic engineering and management
  • CIV5303 Quantitative methods
  • CIV5314 Planning urban transport systems
  • CIV5309 Transport data: collection and interpretation
  • CIV5308 Transport and traffic systems project

(b) seven electives chosen from the following (42 points):

  • CIV5301 Advanced traffic engineering
  • CIV5304 Intelligent transport systems
  • CIV5305 Travel demand modelling
  • CIV5306 Road safety engineering
  • CIV5310 Infrastructure project and policy evaluation
  • CIV5311 Infrastructure project management
  • CIV5312 Asset management I
  • CIV5313 Asset management II
  • CIV5315 Transport economics
  • CIV5316 Fundamentals of urban public transport

Alternative exit(s)

Students wishing to exit this course early may apply to graduate with the following, provided they have satisfied the requirements for that award:

Graduate Certificate in Transport and Traffic after 24 points of study of the following:

  • CIV5301 Advanced traffic engineering or CIV5314 Planning urban transport systems
  • CIV5302 Traffic engineering and management or CIV5315 Transport economics
  • CIV5309 Transport data: collection and interpretation
  • One elective from part (b).

Graduate Diploma in Transport and Traffic after 48 points of study of the following:

  • CIV5301 Advanced traffic engineering or CIV5314 Planning urban transport systems
  • CIV5302 Traffic engineering and management or CIV5315 Transport economics
  • CIV5309 Transport data: collection and interpretation
  • five electives from part (b).