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CB71 - Master of Accident Investigation

The Master of Accident Investigation (Specialisation) develops advanced level expertise in the investigation and analysis of the factors which lead to accidents and the interventions required to prevent their recurrence. Master of Accident Investigation (Specialisation) graduates demonstrate advanced skills at systematically breaking down the factors leading to an accident and making the necessary findings and conclusions for prevention.  This program will be attractive to those who have responsibility for accident investigations across industry and society.  The program provides core studies the principles of accident investigation, accident phenomenology, accident forensics, accident analysis, human factors investigation and specialist domain contexts (air, rail, road and industrial).  Students complete an applied accident investigation project based on a ‘real' accident reconstruction at the university ‘crash lab' and a three term capstone accident investigation or prevention research project.  The program has been developed in consultation with Australia's leading accident investigation professionals from air, rail, road and industrial contexts, and the leading organisations and government authorities which inform public safety strategies.  Students may apply for the award, Graduate Diploma of Accident Investigation in addition to the Master of Accident Investigation (Specialisation).

Study Mode

Online Education, Distance Learning & External study modes available

Career Opportunities

Opportunities exist for graduates in management, consultancy and practice within industry in safety and accident investigation roles. Many large companies have staff appointed specifically to investigate the accidents and failures that occur to maximise the opportunity to prevent such failures in the future. Many others have occupational health and safety or similar staff roles which are assigned, as part of a more broad set of responsibilities within their organisations, with the responsibility for carrying out those investigations. Graduates of the Master of Accident Investigation (Specialisation) program would be suited for employment in these roles as the program addresses the specifics of accident investigation. Employment is possible in most industries, especially - primary industry, rural safety, manufacturing, mining, services industry, transport industry, aviation industry, employer associations, the defence forces, health industry and government departments and authorities.

Course Overview At A Glance

Program at a glance
Duration 2 years full-time/3.5 years part-time  
Availability/Campus Contact Domestic - External
International - External
Courses/Units of Credit 12 courses/96 units of credit
Faculty Sciences, Engineering & Health
How to Apply

Domestic students - direct to the University - ONLINE

International students - direct to the University - ONLINE

Entry Requirements See More Details.
Professional Accreditation

It is expected that all graduates will meet the education requirements for professional membership with the Safety Institute of Australia and should apply after gaining relevant field experience.

For the Aviation specialisation students, the program should also meet the specialist investigation education criteria of the Australian, New Zealand and International Society of Air Safety Investigators and it is expected that graduates of the program will gain professional grade membership of the Society after completing the program and gaining relevant field experience.

Residential School See the Residential Schools for more information
Practicum/Work placement Students will complete practicum learning in the ‘crash lab' and within their own work environments.  Some students may choose to access an external practicum host for their final capstone.
Exit Awards Graduate Diploma of Accident Investigation
Interim Awards Graduate Diploma of Accident Investigation
Post Nominal MAccidInv and GradDipAccidInv 
Be What You Want To Be Phone: 13CQUni (132786); Enquire: Admissions
CRICOS Codes not-applicable

Program Aims

The Master of Accident Investigation (Specialisation) develops advanced level expertise in the investigation and analysis of the factors which lead to accidents and the interventions required to prevent their recurrence. Master of Accident Investigation (Specialisation) graduates demonstrate advanced skills at systematically breaking down the factors leading to an accident and making the necessary findings and conclusions for prevention.  This program will be attractive to those who have responsibility for accident investigations across industry and society.  The program provides core studies in the principles of accident investigation, accident phenomenology, accident forensics, accident analysis, human factors investigation and specialist domain contexts (air, rail, road and industrial).  Students complete an applied accident investigation project based on a ‘real' accident reconstruction at the university ‘crash lab' and a three term capstone accident investigation or prevention research project.  The program has been developed in consultation with Australia's leading accident investigation professionals from air, rail, road and industrial contexts, and the leading organisations and government authorities which inform public safety strategies.  Students may apply for the award, Graduate Diploma of Accident Investigation in addition to the Master of Accident Investigation (Specialisation).

Program Structure

The Master of Accident Investigation (Specialisation) is a post graduate degree consisting of 12 courses, which normally takes three and a half years of part time study.  The program structure requires successful completion of six core courses in the principles of accident investigation, accident phenomenology, accident forensics, accident analysis, human factors investigation and three specialist domain courses (air, rail, road and industrial).  The program also requires successful completion of a three term capstone accident investigation or prevention project.

Courses Offered

Year 1
Course Code Course Name
Term 1
AINV20001 Principles of Accident Investigation
AINV20002 Accident Phenomenology
Term 2
AINV20003 Accident Forensics
AINV20004 Human Factors Investigation
Term 3
AINV20005 Accident Analysis
Year 2
Course Code Course Name
Term 1
AINV21001 Crash Lab Project
Term 2 - Aviation Specialisation
AINV22001 Advanced Accident Investigation Contexts (Aviation)
Term 2 - Rail Specialisation
AINV22002 Advanced Accident Investigation Contexts (Rail)
Term 2 - Road Specialisation
AINV22003 Advanced Accident Investigation Contexts (Road)
Term 2 - Industrial Specialisation
AINV22004 Advanced Accident Investigation Contexts (Industrial)
Term 3 - Aviation Specialisation
AINV22005 Advanced Accident Investigation Forensics (Aviation)
Term 3 - Rail Specialisation
AINV22006 Advanced Accident Investigation Forensics (Rail)
Term 3 - Road Specialisation
AINV22007 Advanced Accident Investigation Forensics (Road)
Term 3 - Industrial Specialisation
AINV22008 Advanced Accident Investigation Forensics (Industrial)
Year 3
Course Code Course Name
Term 1 - Aviation Specialisation
AINV22009 Advanced Accident Investigation Practicum (Aviation)
Term 1 - Rail Specialisation
AINV22010 Advanced Accident Investigation Practicum (Rail)
Term 1 - Road Specialisation
AINV22011 Advanced Accident Investigation Practicum (Road)
Term 1 - Industrial Specialisation
AINV22012 Advanced Accident Investigation Practicum (Industrial)
Term 2
AINV23001 Accident Investigation Project Development
Term 3
AINV23002 Accident Investigation Project
Year 4
Course Code Course Name
Term 1
AINV23003 Accident Investigation Report

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