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COURSE

Master of Sexology

MC-SXLGY

TAUGHT BY: School of Public Health

DURATION

Duration of the course with a full-time study load. Studying part-time will extend the duration of your course.

If duration is not available (N/A) the offering may be part of a larger course.

2years

CREDIT

A full-time study load usually consists of 200 credits (approximately eight units) per year, with 100 credits (approximately four units) in each semester.

400

About offering

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.

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

Why study Master of Sexology

  • 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.

Admission criteria

Australia / New Zealand students

International students

A recognised degree in a relevant health area such as medical studies; education and theology; health promotion and health sciences; psychology, social work and welfare studies; sociology and anthropology; biological sciences or related disciplines.

All applicants will be required to provide supplementary information with their application.

A recognised degree in a relevant health area such as medical studies; education and theology; health promotion and health sciences; psychology, social work and welfare studies; sociology and anthropology; biological sciences or related disciplines.

All applicants will be required to provide supplementary information with their application.

English language proficiency

Curtin requires all applicants to demonstrate proficiency in English. Specific English requirements for this course are as outlined in the IELTS table below. Additional information on how you can meet the English requirement can be found on the English proficiency page.

IELTS Academic (International English Language Testing System)
Writing 7.0
Speaking 7.0
Reading 7.0
Listening 7.0
Overall band score 7.0

Course prerequisites

A recognised degree in a relevant health area such as medical studies; education and theology; health promotion and health sciences; psychology, social work and welfare studies; sociology and anthropology; biological sciences or related disciplines.

All applicants will be required to provide supplementary information with their application.

Certificate in Advanced English (CAE): Grade C

Pearson Test of English Academic: 60

Other requirements for this course

It is possible to complete the degree without relocating to Perth, but some compulsory units employ block teaching which requires you to attend on-campus workshops at the Bentley Campus for a period of one or two weeks.

The mid-year intake is part-time study only. This will extend the course duration. July 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.

Advanced standing / credit transfer / recognition of prior learning

Australia / New Zealand students

International students

Credit for recognised learning (CRL) is the term Curtin uses to describe advanced standing, academic credit or recognition of prior learning.

You may be entitled to credit for recognised learning for formal, non-formal or informal learning.

Formal learning is learning that takes place through a structured program of learning that leads to the full or partial achievement of an officially recognised qualification. Recognised institutions include, but are not limited to, RTO providers and universities. Non-formal learning is adult and community education. Informal learning can include on the job learning or various kinds of work and life experience.

Credit can reduce the amount of study needed to complete a degree.

For further information, please visit our credit for recognised learning webpage or contact our CRL Office on crl@curtin.edu.au or 1300 222 888.

Credit for recognised learning (CRL) is the term Curtin uses to describe advanced standing, academic credit or recognition of prior learning.

You may be entitled to credit for recognised learning for formal, non-formal or informal learning.

Formal learning is learning that takes place through a structured program of learning that leads to the full or partial achievement of an officially recognised qualification. Recognised institutions include, but are not limited to, RTO providers and universities. Non-formal learning is adult and community education. Informal learning can include on the job learning or various kinds of work and life experience.

Credit can reduce the amount of study needed to complete a degree.

For further information, please see our credit for previous study website or contact tne_pathways@curtin.edu.au.

Fees and charges

Australia / New Zealand students

International students

Domestic fee paying postgraduate

Student type Cost

Domestic

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.

$22,500*

Fees are indicative only.

* Based on a first-year full-time study load of 100 credits. The total cost will depend on your course options (i.e. units selected and time taken to complete).

Use the Fee Calculator for an estimate of individual unit fees. There may also be some additional costs. For more information, see other fees and charges.

International student indicative fees for 2018

International onshore – fee paying
Offer letter (100 credit) published fee $18,300*
Indicative year 1 fee $36,600*
Total indicative course fee $75,000*
Indicative essential incidental course fee N/A

The indicative fees shown above apply to international students studying on-campus in Western Australia. For information about fees at other locations please visit Curtin International’s offshore site.

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  • Curtin course code: MC-SXLGY
  • CRICOS code: 074567D
  • This offering was last updated on: August 20, 2018