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Sexology

Masters by Coursework

MC-SXLGY

Course
Master of Sexology
Duration
2 years full-time
Credit
400
Location
Curtin Perth

Outline

Acquire specialist knowledge and skills in sexology, and examine recent research on the biological, psychological and social aspects of human sexuality.

Donna-Lee Speedie

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. 

Why study

  • 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.

Professional recognition

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. 

Career information

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
  • disability
  • cyber-safety training
  • health promotion
  • youth work
  • academia
  • 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

Admission criteria

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)
Writing6.0
Speaking6.0
Reading6.0
Listening6.0
Overall band score6.5

You may demonstrate English proficiency using the following tests and qualifications.

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.

Advanced standing

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:

Email: crl@curtin.edu.au

Tel: 1300 222 888

CRL search

Fees & charges

Domestic fee paying postgraduate

Fee year: 2021

Student typeCost
Domestic $22,800*

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).

Location

For start dates, please view the academic calendar.

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2021

Semester 2
  • On campus
  • Partially online

2022

Semester 1
  • On campus
  • Partially online
Semester 2
  • On campus
  • Partially online

2023

Semester 1
  • On campus
  • Partially online
Semester 2
  • Partially online

2024

Semester 1
  • On campus
  • Partially online
Semester 2
  • Partially online

All endeavours are made to ensure location information for courses is up to date but please note they are subject to change.

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  • Curtin course code: MC-SXLGY
  • CRICOS code: 074567D
  • Last updated on: July 30, 2021