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Master of Sexology (Professional)
Masters by Coursework
- Master of Sexology (Professional)
The course is 18-months full-time study or part-time equivalent. Some units within the course will be taught as a block intensive where students are required to attend a full week workshop either in-person or online. Online material will be used to support the week intensive and assessments will be due on dates throughout the semester as advised in the Unit Outline. Australian citizens and permanent residents may have the choice of full-time or part-time study. International students studying in Australia on a student visa are required to undertake a full-time internal study load. There are two intakes each year, February and July.
- 1 year, 6 months 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 examine research on human sexuality.
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This course provides specialist knowledge and skills in sexology. You will examine research on the biological, psychological and social aspects of human sexuality, and study different research methods. Ethics in sexology are also highly prioritised.
You’ll study many of the same units as the graduate certificate and graduate diploma. You will develop a variety of intrapersonal, interpersonal and professional skills to support you work in sexology. This includes specific skills related to sexual health education and counselling. Common sexual issues and difficulties will also be addressed.
After studying these units, you will undertake a supervised placement where you can apply your learnings in a professional setting, as well as a capstone unit where you’ll work on an industry project such as a program plan, policy analysis or health impact assessment.
When you graduate, you’ll be conversant in the key aspects of sexology as a public health issue and be able to seamlessly integrate your learning into your professional discipline.
Note: media material of a sexually graphic nature is utilised in this course.
Please refer to the handbook for additional course information.
- You’ll learn how to create and analyse evidence to inform decision-making in sexology, and enhance your ethical understanding of sexology issues.
- This course maintains excellent professional affiliations. It attracts a variety of guest speakers who are locally, nationally and internationally renowned for their work in sexology.
- In addition to teaching, all Curtin staff perform other professional duties, including health promotion, psychotherapy, community education, research and advocacy, which complements their instruction.
Graduates 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 or sexuality educator from SAS after completing the supervision requirements. The requirements to use these titles in other countries may differ.
Note: This course is not accredited by a counselling or psychology body. Students who are interested in working in these areas should complete a course recognised by peak bodies such as the Australian Counselling Association or the Psychotherapy and Counselling Federation of Australia.
- Sex therapy
- Human rights
- Health promotion
- Youth work
- Allied health
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 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. Applicants for this course should refer to the Faculty website for more information on Communicable Diseases and Criminal Record Screening and Clearance.
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:
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Fees & charges
Domestic fee paying postgraduate
Fee year: 2022
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: July 1, 2022