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University Programme in Traffic Accident Research

Every day, all over the world, thousands of people die in traffic accidents. Research in the field of vehicle safety plays an important role in preventing accidents and reducing their consequences. The master’s programme “Traffic Accident Research” at TU Graz trains you to be an expert in accident reconstruction, acquisition of accident data, accident research and vehicle safety, and prepares you for the challenges of the global job market.


You acquire comprehensive knowledge that reflects the latest research in the following fields:
  • Accident documentation
  • Accident mechanics
  • Automotive engineering
  • Vehicle safety
  • Road technology
  • Biomechanics
  • Basic law
  • Traffic policy basics
  • Basic psychology  
Internationally renowned experts teach you about their areas of expertise, providing current examples and real-life case studies.   The modular structure of the programme, the block sessions and the distance learning elements mean that the course is organised to reflect the needs of students who are working.

Target Groups

The university programme in “Traffic Accident Research” is aimed at all interested parties who wish to specialise in automotive engineering and vehicle safety. This course is particularly suitable for engineers such as vehicle developers and road planners.

Admission Requirements

  • Relevant academic degree from an Austrian university, or university of applied sciences, or a degree of equal value from a post-secondary educational institution abroad
  • Comparable qualifications combined with several years of relevant professional experience  
You may need to provide proof of having sufficient language skill

Dates and Deadlines

  • Next start date: autumn 2024

Quick Facts

  • Length: 4 semesters part-time plus master’s thesis
  • Degree: Master of Engineering in Traffic Accident Research (MEng)
  • ECTS credit points: 120
  • Language of Instruction: German or English - depending on the needs of the participants
  • Possible subsidies and details
  • Place of study: TU Graz 

Curriculum (in German)

Structure of the Programmes

Lessons are taught according to the Blended Learning approach.

The courses are divided into several blocks. Exams are held straight after the courses. Distance learning elements make studying easier for working students and international students.

Since 2006, the course at the Vehicle Safety Institute has been held in German and English. Over 70 students from Europe and Asia have taken part. I always enjoy meeting students after they have successfully completed the course. It is nice to see that they not only have positive memories of the course, but that they learnt important and interesting aspects of accident reconstruction, which they are able to make good use of in their careers.

Career Chances and Qualifications

With the Master of Engineering in Traffic Accident Research, you will be an expert in demand in the following areas:

  • Accident reconstruction (for courts and insurance companies)
  • Accident research
  • Vehicle development
  • Vehicle safety
  • Road planning

TU Graz is without doubt the right place to develop a high level of expertise in accident analysis, accident reconstruction and vehicle safety. The degree programme provides you with in-depth knowledge of this complex material as well as an insight into related scientific fields, meaning that you can carry out your work as a court-certified expert with the highest degree of proficiency. Successful and well-planned organisation made it possible for me to complete this course while working.

Why you should Attend this University Course at TU Graz

  • You will benefit from the Vehicle Safety Institute’s decades of experience in vehicle safety, accident research and accident reconstruction
  • You will be taught by internationally renowned lecturers
  • You will work in well-equipped laboratories (e.g. crash facility, component test benches, dummy laboratory)
  • You will learn about all current developments in active and passive safety through studying numerous national and international research projects with the automotive industry as well as in infrastructure
  • The programme is directed by Prof. Steffan, who is not only an experienced and internationally renowned expert, but also the developer of the word’s leading accident reconstruction software “PC Crash”


Required application documents:

Please submit your application documents to:

Graz University of Technology
Vehicle Safety Institute
c/o Mr. Hermann Steffan, Univ.-Prof. DI Dr.
Inffeldgasse 23/I
8010 Graz
Phone: +43 316 873 30301

Teaching Staff