- Graduate Diploma in Sexology
Duration of the course with a full-time study load. Studying part-time will extend the duration of your course.
- 1 year full-time
A full-time study load usually consists of 200 credits (approximately eight units) per year, with 100 credits (approximately four units) in each semester.
- Curtin Perth
Acquire specialist knowledge and skills in sexology, and examine recent research on the biological, psychological and social aspects of human sexuality.
I believe the best way to address issues like domestic violence and child sex abuse is through prevention and education, and that’s why I decided to undertake a postgraduate degree in sexology. The course is interesting because it encompasses history, psychology, arts, education, health, research, science, counselling, criminology and more.
Curtin maintains excellent professional affiliations, allowing you to network in Australia and around the world.
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This course is designed to provide you with specialist knowledge and skills in the area of sexology. You will examine recent research that deals with the biological, psychological and social aspects of human sexuality, and you will also study various research methods.
You will be provided with a comprehensive background on sexology, an in-depth review of sexual and reproductive public health issues, an introduction to forensic sexology, and an opportunity to explore sexology from cultural perspectives. Additionally, you will review your attitudes and values in a sex-positive environment.
Please note: Media material of a sexually graphic nature is utilised in this course.
Please refer to the handbook for additional course overview information.
- Integrate knowledge of the biological, psychological and social aspects of human sexuality into your professional discipline.
- This course maintains excellent professional affiliations. They attract local, interstate and international students, ensuring greater networking opportunities beyond Perth and Australia.
- Our sexology program was awarded the prestigious World Association for Sexual Health ‘Award for Excellence & Innovation in Sexuality Education’ for 2007. This is only awarded every two years and is highly competitive with all programs across the world eligible to apply. Curtin was the first university to win this award.
Upon graduation you may be eligible for membership of the Society of Australian Sexologists (SAS), which is a member of the World Association for Sexual Health. You may obtain a specialist title as a Psychosexual Therapist and/or Sexuality Educator from SAS after completion of supervision requirements. Requirements for such titles in other countries differ.
Our graduates have established careers in many fields, including:
- sex therapy, education, consultancy and research
- child and elder protection
- sexual health policy development
- human rights
- cyber-safety training
- health promotion
- youth work
- medical and risk management
- forensic assessment.
What you'll learn
- apply principles and concepts of sexology and other associated disciplines such as public health, biology, behavioural sciences, ethics and the law to research and practice
- interpret and critically analyse topics and issues relevant to sexology; think creatively to generate innovative solutions to promote healthy human sexuality
- access, evaluate and synthesise relevant information to the practice of sexology; demonstrate skills in ethical reasoning
- communicate with professionals and community members to promote sexology using effective written and oral communication; promote sexology research to the scientific community using effective methods of communication
- effectively use new and existing technologies to gather information, analyse data and communicate; collect and manage information ethically and effectively
- demonstrate ability in interdependent and self-directed learning and professional development in the field of sexology
- recognise and apply international perspectives and principles to sexology
- demonstrate understanding and respect for individual human rights and cultural diversity
- work professionally and ethically across a range of settings; demonstrate an advanced level of independence and leadership
Curtin requires all applicants to demonstrate proficiency in English. Specific English requirements for this course are outlined in the IELTS table below.
|IELTS Academic (International English Language Testing System)|
|Overall band score||7.0|
- Pearson Test of English Academic: 60
- Certificate in Advanced English (CAE): Grade C
Essential course prerequisites
A bachelor degree in a professional health field, social work or welfare studies, psychology, theology, education, biological sciences or behavioural sciences, including sociology or anthropology.
You will need to submit supplementary information with your application.
If you are studying in Australia on a student visa, you must study on-campus and full-time.
Other requirements and notes for this course
The mid-year intake is part-time study only. This will extend the course duration. Mid-year intake is not available to international students.
In addition to the course-specific admission criteria listed above, please read our general admission criteria. Our general admission criteria apply to all courses at Curtin University.
At Curtin, we understand that everyone’s study journey has been different.
You may have already studied some of the units (subjects) listed in your Curtin course at another educational institution, or you may have work experience that matches the degree requirements.
A successful CRL application exempts you from having to complete certain units within your course and means you could finish your degree in a shorter amount of time.
CRL is also known as recognition of prior learning, advanced standing and credit transfer.
Use the CRL search to find out how much CRL you qualify for, or contact us at:
Tel: 1300 222 888
Fees & charges
International student indicative fees for 2020
Fee year: 2020
|International onshore – fee paying||Cost|
|Offer letter (100 credit) published fee||$18,700*|
|Total indicative course fee||$37,400*|
|Indicative year 1 fee||$37,400*|
Fees are indicative only.
*Based on a first-year full-time study load of 200 credits. The total cost will depend on your course options (i.e. units selected and time taken to complete).
It may vary depending on the units you choose and does not include incidental fees (such as lab coats or art supplies) or the cost of your textbooks. For information about fees at other locations please contact the relevant campus or partner institution by visiting Curtin International’s offshore site.
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- Curtin course code: GD-SXLGY
- CRICOS code: 068615G
- Last updated on: February 16, 2020