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Graduate Certificate in Sexology

Graduate certificate

Gain foundational knowledge in sexology principles and concepts.

Course outline
  • Qualification
    Graduate Certificate in Sexology
  • Duration


    6 months full-time
  • Credit


  • Location


    Curtin Perth
Course outline

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Semester 1, 2024

1 May 2023

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Semester 2, 2024

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4 July 2024

Semester 1, 2025

12 August 2024

6 February 2025

Semester 2, 2025

7 April 2025

3 July 2025

Course outline



In this course, you’ll develop a strong understanding of human sexuality. It is ideal for students who have a health or education background and who want to expand their skill sets to challenge shame, stigma and discrimination relating to sexual health.

You'll learn important foundational concepts, theories and frameworks related to human sexuality, and be given an opportunity to consider your own attitudes and values.

You’ll also customise your course to suit your interests, choosing two optional units from the following topics: sexological education, sexual and reproductive health, forensic sexology, culture and contemporary sexology, sexological practice and sexology challenges and opportunities.

After successfully completing this course, you may progress to the graduate diploma and then the master degree.

Note: media material of a sexually graphic nature is utilised in this course. Please refer to the handbook for additional course information.

Please refer to the handbook for additional course information.


What jobs can the Graduate Certificate in Sexology course lead to?

  • Sex therapy
  • Human rights
  • Disability
  • Health promotion
  • Youth work
  • Education
  • Nursing
  • Allied health

What you'll learn

  • Apply sexological knowledge, principles and concepts to research and practice.
  • Reflect, interpret and critically analyse topics and issues relevant to sexology.
  • Access, evaluate and synthesise relevant information to research and practice of sexology.
  • Effectively communicate an understanding of sexological issues and topics.
  • Use appropriate technologies to gather information and communicate regarding topics and issues relevant to sexology.
  • Demonstrate ability in interdependent and self-directed learning in the study of sexology.
  • Recognise and apply international perspectives and principles to sexology.
  • Demonstrate understanding and respect for human sexual rights and cultural diversity in relation to sexual attitudes, values and practices.
  • Evaluate and apply relevant professional skills to research and practice in sexology.

Professional recognition

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 additional accreditation 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.

Admission criteria

What you need in order to get into this course. There are different pathway options depending on your level of work and education experience.

Applicants for a Graduate Certificate are required to meet University academic and English language entry standards; details are provided at Applicants generally require a Bachelor Degree or Graduate Certificate. Students without a degree from a recognised tertiary institution must have at least three years work experience in a relevant field OR may be asked to undertake additional study in their first semester that will be set on a case-by-case basis (e.g. Post Entry Language Assessment or other university online modules). Any specific course entry and completion requirements must also be met. Ideally, applicants require a recognised degree in one of the health professions, social work or welfare studies, psychology, theology, education, behavioural sciences, including sociology, anthropology or biological sciences or related areas. Applicant interviews will be conducted where required.

Credit for recognised learning (CRL)

Use your experience to get credit towards your degree

Finish your course sooner with credit for your previous study or work experience.

Fees and charges

Australian and New Zealand student indicative fees

2024 Fee year:


Commonwealth supported

Commonwealth supported




Fees are indicative first year only and are subject to passage of legislation.

*The indicative first-year fee is calculated on 200 credit points, which is the typical full-time study load per year, however some courses require additional study to be completed, in which case the fee will be higher than that shown.

This fee is a guide only. 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 – visit other fees and charges for more information. For more information on fees and to determine your eligibility for HECS-HELP or FEE-HELP, please visit fee basics or the Study Assist website

To be eligible for the Commonwealth supported fee:

  • Australian citizens must complete some of their course of study while residing in Australia.
  • Australian permanent residents or New Zealand citizens must be residing in Australia for the entire course.

For further information on eligibility please refer to the Australian Government Study Assist website.

If you’re not an Australian citizen, permanent resident or New Zealand citizen, please see information for international students.

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).

Looking for more detail on the course structure?

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For start dates, please view the academic calendar.

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Semester 1
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Semester 2
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Semester 1
  • On campus
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Semester 2
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Semester 1
  • On campus
  • Online
Semester 2
  • On campus
  • Online

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The University reserves the right to withdraw any unit of study or program which it offers, to impose limitations on enrolment in any unit or program, and/or to vary arrangements for any program.

How to apply

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Please note that each campus has different application deadlines. Please view our application deadlines page for further information.

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  • Curtin course code: GC-SXLGY
  • Last updated on: 12 April 2024

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