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Graduate Certificate in Sexology

Graduate certificate

Gain foundational knowledge in sexology principles and concepts.

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  • Qualification
    Graduate Certificate in Sexology
  • Duration
    6 months full-time
  • Credit
  • Location
    Curtin Perth
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Semester 1, 2023

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12 February 2023

Semester 2, 2023

10 April 2023

6 July 2023

Semester 1, 2024

14 August 2023

8 February 2024

Semester 2, 2024

8 April 2024

4 July 2024

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Why study Graduate Certificate in Sexology at Curtin?

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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 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 & charges

Fee information is not available for this course at this time. Find estimated course fees.


For start dates, please view the academic calendar.

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


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

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

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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