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Monash University Accident Research Centre


The Monash University Accident Research Centre (MUARC) is a truly multi-disciplinary research organisation and one of the leading injury prevention research centres in the world. Based at the Clayton Campus of Monash University, MUARC has well established links with a large number of Monash faculties. Indeed, one of the defining features of research at MUARC is that it reaches across traditional discipline boundaries.

A PhD taken at MUARC takes the form of the Monash Doctoral Program – a PhD for the 21st century. At the core of the program is an extensive, independent research project on an agreed chosen topic, supported by at least two expert academic supervisors. You will also undertake a series of professional development activities or coursework units that equip you with the skills needed to make an impact in academia, industry, government or the wider community. Your study will result in a research thesis or alternative approved output, which makes a valuable contribution to the current body of knowledge on your chosen topic.

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At a glance

Course Details

  • On-campus at Clayton: Full time & part time
  • Multi-modal at Clayton: Full time & part time
  • Off-campus: Full time & part time
3-4 years (full time),
6-8 years (part-time)
Start date
Throughout the year
Doctor of Philosophy
Course Handbook

Specialists with expertise across diverse research areas means MUARC is involved in every step of the injury prevention cycle, from problem identification and analysis to program evaluation and community engagement. Injury prevention is a convergence of many disciplines including:

  • Biomechanics
  • Biostatistics
  • Computer science
  • Econometrics
  • Education
  • Engineering
  • Epidemiology
  • Health economics
  • Human factors
  • Industrial ergonomics
  • Medicine
  • Nursing
  • Psychology
  • Public health
  • Statistics

A PhD taken at MUARC requires you to complete a research (or alternative approved output) of no more than 80,000 words. Along with the research component, you will also complete a series of professional development activities or coursework units relevant to your chosen research focus. These activities are designed to provide you with the skills needed to develop your professional skills to support you in your future career.

Career opportunities

MUARC PhD candidates have moved into successful careers in injury prevention in industry, government and research centres. Our candidates contribute to:

  • the reduction in road fatalities and improved transport systems
  • the development of systems that improve workplace safety
  • initiatives to build community resilience for emergency and disaster settings
  • research that enhances patient recovery from injury
  • programs to reduce the risk of injury for vulnerable members of the community at home and play
  • injury prevention in developing countries and
  • prevention and improved response to child injuries.

Entry Requirements

You need to satisfy the following entrance requirements to be considered for entry to this course.

Minimum Entry Requirements (Domestic students)


All applicants must be able to demonstrate a capacity to carry out independent research and have adequate training and ability to pursue the proposed course of study.
See the Section 2.1 of the Graduate Research Handbooks for detailed information.

English requirements

Sound English language skills are required for academic programs at Monash University.
See the Section 2.2 of the Graduate Research Handbooks for detailed information.

University entrance requirements

Minimum entrance requirements for admission to Monash University Australia.

Making the application

Future students

Applications for this course can be accepted at anytime.

Applications for this course are submitted via the research degree and scholarship online application form.

Self assess for credit eligibility

Check for study credit using the "Credit search" link on the Credit for prior study page


Research Training Program (RTP)

This course is supported by the Australian government's Research Training Program (RTP). Under the RTP, domestic students are awarded an RTP Fees Offset which exempts them from tuition fees for the normal duration of the course. This exemption is valid for up to four years for students enrolled in a doctoral program and up to two years for a research master's degree.


We offer over 360 types of scholarships, valued at up to $280,000. Some scholarships offer one-off payments while others continue for the length of your course. Learn more about Monash Scholarships.

Other costs and fees

For information on other study costs and fees, see other study costs.