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Sexology (EN)

Sexology is the scientific study of sexuality, ranging from evolutionary, cognitive, and social psychology to male and female sexual problems, from history to anatomy and physiology, from transgender to love, and from sexual orientation and paraphilia to sexual coercion and prostitution.

Sexology is perhaps best categorized as an interdisciplinary enterprise and we’ll take a bio-psycho-social perspective. The main focus, yet, will be a psychological one. That said, students who want to work from other and various perspectives are very welcome to join. 

Experts in the field will join the lectures, answer your questions, participate in the discussion and stimulate you to share your opinions through assignments, both live and by using a digital discussion platform. This course aims to provide you with an introduction to sexology research that is safe, up-to-date, and inspiring.


dr. M. (Mark) Spiering.


You can find the timetable on Datanose.
We now expect that all lectures can take place on-campus. However, if the regulations to prevent the spread of the coronavirus are intensified, we may be forced to organise our education online. Course fees will remain unchanged for contract students. Before and during the course, you will be informed about the latest regulations.

As a contract student, please read the course-specific information carefully, since the courses vary in possibilities for contract students.

Entry requirements

Open to second-year and third-year UvA Bachelor's students. 

Master's students can only participate if there are still spots available. Please send an email to to be placed on the waiting list. One week prior to the start of the course, you will hear whether or not you can participate.

‘Bijvak’ students and contract students can register by completing the online registration form


Registration is open from 5 December 2022 until one week prior to the start of the course. For students registration proceeds through the GLASS registration rounds. Master’s students can send a short motivation to


Prices can be found on the IIS website.

More information

SDGs in education

The IIS strives to reflect current societal issues and challenges in our elective courses, honours modules and degree programmes and attempts to integrate the following Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) in this course. For more information about these goals, please visit the SDGs website.

Facts & Figures
Mode Short-term
Credits 6 ECTS,
Language of instruction English
Conditions for admission Open
Starts in February