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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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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

Adelaide scientist wins ‘bronze’ at global neurophotonics event

A project to map the hearing capability of zebrafish has won Mengke Han third prize at the global Frontiers in Neurophotonics’ summer school.

$35.6 million boost for sciences' research infrastructure

Research for a range of industrial sectors including scientific, advanced manufacturing, defence, resources, biomedical and agriculture has received a major boost.

New model suggests lost continents for early Earth

Earth scientists suggest that continents may have risen out of the sea much earlier than previously thought but were destroyed, leaving little trace.

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Upcoming events

Public Lecture: Saving Biodiversity Through Transformative Change

AUGUST 13: This public forum focuses on the transformative change called for by the IPBES report which highlighted the critical importance of biodiversity to human well-being.

Faculty of Sciences Welcome Session (July)

Social and academic activities to help new science students settle into student life at our North Terrace campus.

Sciences Alumni Network Evening with Professor Rob Fitzpatrick

Join us for the Sciences Alumni Network evening in July with guest speaker Professor Rob Fitzpatrick.

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