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Sexology

Graduate Diploma

GD-SXLGY

Course
Graduate Diploma in Sexology
Duration
1 year full-time
Credit
200
Location
Bentley Campus

Outline

Protect and support the sexual health of communities.

Jordina Quain

I believe the best way to address issues like domestic violence and child sex abuse is through prevention and education, and that’s why I decided to undertake a postgraduate degree in sexology. The course is interesting because it encompasses history, psychology, arts, education, health, research, science, counselling, criminology and more.

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This course builds on the knowledge and skills you gained in the graduate certificate and progresses to the biological, psychological and social aspects of human sexuality and various research methods.

You’ll have access to the same range of units as the graduate certificate, allowing you to review different attitudes and values, and learn about sexual and reproductive public health issues, forensic sexology, and sexology from various cultural perspectives. However, since you’ll be required to study more units, you will gain a more comprehensive understanding of human sexuality.

You will also learn about health research methods, to build your capabilities in data analysis, reporting techniques and ethical considerations when researching.

After successfully completing this course, you may enrol in 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.

Why study

  • Take your understanding of sexology to the next level: learn how to generate strategies and creative solutions to promote positive healthy sexuality in the community.
  • 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.

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 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.

Career information

Industries

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

What you'll learn

  • apply sexological and relevant public health knowledge to protect, maintain and restore the health of communities
  • interpret and critically analyse topics and issues relevant to sexology; think creatively to generate innovative solutions to promote healthy human sexuality
  • access, evaluate and synthesise relevant information to the practice of sexology; demonstrate skills in ethical reasoning
  • communicate with professionals and community members to promote sexology using effective written and oral communication, and disseminate sexological research to academic and professional audiences
  • effectively use new and existing technologies to gather information, analyse data and communicate; collect and manage information ethically and effectively
  • demonstrate ability in interdependent and self-directed learning and professional development in the field of sexology
  • recognise and apply international perspectives and principles to sexology
  • demonstrate understanding and respect for individual human rights and cultural diversity
  • work professionally and ethically across a range of settings; demonstrate an advanced level of independence and leadership

Admission criteria

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.

You will also be required to provide 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)
Writing 6.0
Speaking 6.0
Reading 6.0
Listening 6.0
Overall band score 6.5

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

Other requirements and notes for this course

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

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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Curtin Connect: 1300 222 888

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Fees & charges

Domestic fee paying postgraduate

Fee year: 2022

Student type Cost
Domestic $23,400*

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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2022

Semester 2
  • On campus
  • Online

2023

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

2024

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

2025

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.

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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: GD-SXLGY
  • CRICOS code: 068615G
  • Last updated on: 04/08/2022