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Masters by Coursework
- Master of Sexology
Duration of the course with a full-time study load. Studying part-time will extend the duration of your course.
- 2 years 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 have always found Curtin’s teaching staff to be very approachable, and they take genuine interest in my learning and my goals. I currently plan to enter private practice with a specialisation in relationship, intimacy and sexuality counselling.
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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'll also study various research methods.
In this course, you will study a variety of counselling models and therapeutic tools as they relate to various areas of sexology, including common sexual issues, difficulties and dysfunctions and their treatments in the context of various populations.
Additionally, you will review your attitudes and values in a sex-positive environment and learn how to effectively undertake your own research and analyse your findings. Ethics in sexology are also highly prioritised.
You will undertake a supervised placement where you will be able to apply what you have learned in a professional setting. Upon graduation you should be able to integrate this specialisation into your professional discipline, and be conversant in the key aspects of sexology as a public health issue.
It is possible to exit this course with a Graduate Diploma in Sexology once you have completed certain units.
Please note: Media material of a sexually graphic nature is used 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 will 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 sexological and relevant public health knowledge to protect, maintain and restore the health of communities
- synthesise and evaluate available evidence to inform decision making in the pursuit of innovative solutions in sexological public health settings
- locate, extract, interpret and assess relevant information from a range of sources and use it to support academic debate about and practical solutions to sexological issues
- communicate effectively with community members to promote understanding of sexological issues and disseminate sexological research to academic and professional audiences
- embrace appropriate technologies to enhance the production and dissemination of sexological knowledge and practice
- demonstrate an advanced level of independent and self-directed learning to enhance individual and collective professional development in the field of sexology
- incorporate international best practice into sexological public health practice
- demonstrate respect for human sexual rights and cultural diversity in relation to sexual attitudes, values and practices
- work independently as a researcher and practitioner and function effectively as a member of an interdisciplinary or community team; collect and manage information ethically and apply ethical reasoning to sexological issues and practice
Applicants for a Master Degree (Coursework) are required to meet University academic and English language entry standards; details are provided at http://futurestudents.curtin.edu.au.
Applicants require a recognised bachelor degree in a related health profession, such as medical, social work or welfare studies, theology, education, health promotion, health sciences, psychology, sociology, anthropology, biological sciences or related disciplines. Applicant interviews will be conducted where required.
Any specific course entry and completion requirements must also be met.
You will be required to submit supplementary information with your application.
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||6.5|
Essential requirements for admission (including fieldwork requirements)
Many of our courses require students to comply with additional essential requirements. Failure to comply with any of the essential requirements may potentially prevent the successful completion of the course and/or achieving professional registration.
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, or you may have work experience that matches the degree requirements.
If this applies to you, you can apply for credit for recognised learning (CRL), which means your previous study is recognised and matched against a similar unit in your intended Curtin course.
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
Domestic fee paying postgraduate
Fee year: 2021
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What is a domestic fee-paying (DFP) place?
A domestic fee-paying place is a place at university which is not Commonwealth supported, that is, not subsidised by the Australian Government.
Domestic fee paying students will be charged tuition fees and may be eligible for FEE-HELP assistance for all or part of those tuition fees.
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).
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- Last updated on: March 3, 2021