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2602- PhD - Accident Research Centre

This course entry should be read in conjunction with information provided in the in this Handbook by the managing centre for this course

Abbreviated title PhD-ARC
CRICOS Code 041042F
Managing centre Accident Research Centre
Study location and modeOff-campus (Clayton)
On-campus (Clayton)
Duration (years)4 years FT, 8 years PT
Postgraduate research component*100 per cent


The Doctor of Philosophy program provides advanced multidisciplinary training in the principal areas of research in the broad field of injury prevention. The PhD is awarded by the University to candidates who write and submit a thesis that represents a significant contribution to knowledge or understanding and which demonstrates the capacity to carry out independent research. Current research areas include:

  • injury epidemiology injury prevention in the ageing population
  • implementation and evaluation methods in injury prevention
  • transportation safety, particularly road safety including human factors, intelligent transport systems, vehicle safety and injury biomechanics
  • injury prevention in the workplace injury prevention in developing countries.


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.


The PhD program has two components:

(1.) Thesis: Assessment is based 100% on thesis examination.

(2.) Study program: The minor component is a study program. The total amount of time devoted to the study program should not exceed 10% of the candidature, equivalent to approximately 16 weeks. Each study program is planned on an individual basis and is tailored to candidates’ specific interests and needs. 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 single disciplinary-based undergraduate studies
  • expose candidates to issues beyond their chosen thesis topic
  • foster an environment of inquiry; and support the development of critical analysis skills.


Students submit a thesis, the length of which would not ordinarily exceed 100,000 words.


Course coordinator

Dr Judith Charlton

Award(s) received on completion

Doctor of Philosophy
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