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Exploring knowledge from the sub-atomic to the extra-terrestrial. Teaching and research in the School of Physical Sciences encompasses the fields of chemistry, earth sciences and physics.

Our research includes theoretical understandings of the universe, healthcare and cancer treatments, medical technology and synthetic drug development, renewable energy research, management of the earth’s resources, and investigating how the universe was formed and life evolved.

  • Our scientists conduct world-leading research in these disciplines and collaborate with diverse global universities and industry across cutting-edge projects.
  • We bring this research experience into the classroom and our study programs prepare students for a diverse range of science and non-science careers. Our students develop deep discipline specific knowledge as well as the skills required for graduate level employment.
  • We are one of four schools in the Faculty of Sciences. You will find us at the University of Adelaide’s North Terrace campus.

Harness your curiosity - study with us or join in our research. Let’s work together to discover new perspectives on the universe.

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Study with us

Start your career in science with our programs in chemistry, earth sciences and physics.

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Our research

Discover our unique research environment that includes worldwide partners and collaborations.

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Our people

Learn about the School of Physical Sciences, our departments and our people.

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Latest news

Scientists use koala teeth to map Adelaide's history

Scientists are using koala teeth to learn how Adelaide was settled by Europeans.

Tectonic time-lapse: One billion years of Earth’s history in 40 seconds

Adelaide scientists are part of an international research team that has published the first full tectonic plate reconstruction of the last billion years.

Science awards celebrate academic, student and staff success

The recent Faculty of Sciences’ awards showcase celebrated research, teaching, leadership, professional staff and student success.

University offers: Hey new students, we’re here to help!

You've received an offer, what now? Learn how we can help.

$7m boost for sciences research

ARC Discovery projects showcase the dynamic breadth of sciences research at the University of Adelaide.

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Upcoming events

Earth Sciences Seminars - 2021

A summary of seminars and events hosted by the Department of Earth Sciences at the University of Adelaide.

Chemistry Seminars - 2021

A summary of seminars and events hosted by the Department of Chemistry at the University of Adelaide.

Sciences Orientation Day - North Terrace

Settle in to student life with our Faculty of Sciences welcome event.

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