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About the Faculty

Spanning three campuses, the Faculty of Sciences' co-location with major national and global research organisations keeps our researchers and students at the forefront of developing technologies and the latest discoveries in science.

Our schools

School of Agriculture,
Food and Wine
School of Animal and
Veterinary Sciences
School of Biological
Sciences
School of Physical
Sciences

Teaching

Study alongside our leading researchers, world-class educators and industry partners. You'll graduate ready to make an impact on the world, whether you're improving one life, or saving millions.

The Faculty of Sciences offer undergraduate, postgraduate, research degrees and industry-specific short programs that span across diverse disciplines.

We have more than 26,000 talented graduates who are recognised as high achievers, innovators and leaders in the sciences and demand for their services is consistently high.

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Research

Sciences at the University of Adelaide is home to Nobel Laureates Sir William Lawrence Bragg and Sir William Henry Bragg - both Physics, 1915. We are also proud to have 26 Rhodes Scholars and 45 Fulbright Scholars.

Our researchers are scientists from all strands of science. They share their science knowledge and skills to inspire others to think innovatively and creatively.

International research projects and partnerships propel us into the forefront of scientific research. We influence how communities and governments tackle the challenges facing the world.

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Faculty highlights

The University's best teacher

Animal and veterinary science expert Professor Peter Hill holds the University of Adelaide's premier teaching award, the Stephen Cole the Elder Award for Excellence in Teaching. Learn from the best when you choose to study animal and veterinary sciences.

Read Peter's achievements

Scientist of the year

Meet South Australian Scientist of the Year, Professor James Paton. He leads research into the causes of infectious diseases and the development of novel vaccines and therapeutics.

Follow James' research

 

Trio of tall poppies

Paleomicrobiologist Laura Weyrich, marine biologist Zoe Doubleday and plant physiologist Jayakumar Bose are South Australian Tall Poppies. They are recognised as outstanding researchers in their fields who are sharing their knowledge with the scientists of tomorrow.

Learn about our tall poppies

Physics breakthroughs

The School of Physical Sciences was a key collaborator in two of the top ten breakthroughs of 2017. The Department of Physics were involved in the first multi-messenger observation of a binary neutron star merger by the LIGO-Virgo Collaboration. This research helped proved that ultra-high-energy cosmic rays have extra-galactic origins.

Read: Physics breakthroughs

Leaders in vet education

With our research in veterinary science recognised as 'well above international standard',* we educate the next generation of vets and animal scientists through evidence-based knowledge and teaching. We have the top ranked vet program in Australia for overall experience and teaching quality.^

Study animal and veterinary science
*Excellence in Research Australia (ERA); ^Good Universities Guide - Institutions Ratings Report 2017-18

Groundbreaking collaborations

Our Aboriginal Heritage Project is described as 'a groundbreaking collaboration with the Indigenous community and the South Australian Museum'. This project is led by Professor Alan Cooper from the Australian Centre for Ancient DNA. We're creating the first genetic map of Aboriginal Australia before European arrival and is a remarkable example of collaborative research with profound implications. The project won the 2017 Eureka Prize for Excellence in Interdisciplinary Scientific Research.

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Agriculture and wine hubs

Our Waite and Roseworthy campuses are recognised as centres of excellence in agricultural science. Co-location with government partners ensures students and researchers use the latest research, innovation and technology. We are also home to the largest teaching winery in Australia and the $4.46 million ARC Training Centre for Innovative Wine Production.

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Careers in science start here

Students choose the University of Adelaide because we're in the top 150 in the world and the best in South Australia for science.* Through exposure to our experts, industry and world-class research institutes of international significance, we prepare our students for a career in STEM.

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*QS World University Rankings by Subject 2017

Australia's best research projects

We're leading some of most innovative and important research projects in Australia. This includes the development of a new class of antibiotic targeting Staphylococcus aureus. This project by chemistry professor Andrew Abell and his team was named in the NHMRC's annual '10 of the Best Research Projects'.

Read: Starving bacteria

Promoting women in STEM

In 1885, Edith Dornwell became the first female graduate of the University and the first graduate of sciences. Now 4 in 5 female science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) graduates in the Asia-Pacific region land jobs within six months.*

Our School of Agriculture, Food and Wine are showcasing women at the forefront of science. Meet 'Superstar of STEM' - plant scientist and molecular biologist Rachel Burton; and plant biologist Caitlin Byrt, Winnovation Awards science category winner.

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*Mastercard Girls in Tech, 2017

Royal honours

Queens Birthday honour recipients include wine science graduate Peter Gago and emeritus professors Bob Vincent and Geoff Fincher (pictured).

Celebrated chief winemaker at Penfolds, Peter received the Queen's highest honour. Professor Vincent was recognised for his contribution to the field of solar-terrestrial physics. Professor Fincher's distinguished service was in the area of plant genomics.

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