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

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Latest news

26

Jan

Leading particle physicist receives highest Australia Day award

Honours for Professor Anthony Thomas, who put the University of Adelaide on the world map of outstanding centres working in fundamental nuclear and particle physics.

10

Jan

Watch: 2020 Future Scientist Information Evening

Whether you have an offer already, or will receive one in the near future; re-live or catch up on the Future Scientist information evening we held on campus.

8

Jan

New study reveals a huge neutron star collision 3.4 times heavier than the sun

University of Adelaide physics researchers involved in a new study revealing possible collision of two neutron stars.

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Upcoming events

1

Jan

Chemistry Seminars - 2020

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

31

Jan

Earth Sciences Seminars - 2020

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

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