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.
|School of Agriculture,
Food and Wine
|School of Animal and
|School of Biological
|School of Physical
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.
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 as we influence how communities and governments tackle the challenges facing the world.
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; as well as the Vice-Chancellor and President's Award for Excellence in Learning and Teaching. Learn from the best when you choose to study animal and veterinary sciences.
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; and helped proved that ultra-high-energy cosmic rays have extra-galactic origins.
With our research in veterinary science recognised as 'well above international standard',* we're educating the next generation of veterinarians and animal scientists through evidence-based knowledge and teaching. We have the top ranked veterinary science program in Australia for overall experience and teaching quality; and a 5-star graduate outcome rating for student support, educational experience and teaching quality.^
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*Excellence in Research Australia (ERA); ^Good Universities Guide - Institutions Ratings Report 2017-18
Our Aboriginal Heritage Project is described as 'a groundbreaking collaboration with the Indigenous community and the South Australian Museum led by Professor Alan Cooper from the Australian Centre for Ancient DNA. This project is 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.
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.
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
We're leading some of most innovative and important research projects in Australia, including 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 National Health and Medical Research Council's annual '10 of the Best Research Projects'.
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 including our '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
Our latest Queens Birthday honour recipients were wine science graduate Peter Gago and emeritus professors Bob Vincent and Geoff Fincher (pictured).
As South Australia's Great Wine Capitals Global Ambassador and celebrated chief winemaker at Penfolds, Peter received the Queen's highest honour, a Companion in the General Division (AC). Professor Vincent was recognised for his contribution to the field of solar-terrestrial physics; while Professor Fincher's distinguished service was in the area of plant genomics.