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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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Latest news

They're strange, alien-like creatures from the Flinders Ranges - but how do they eat?

University of Adelaide scientists have discovered the feeding mode of Pentaradial Arkarua, a strange, alien-like creature that once roamed the Flinders Ranges.

Success for sciences in industry-linked ARC grants

The University of Adelaide has been awarded more than $3.6 million in industry-linked grants by the Australian Research Council (ARC) for important research that will attract a further $1.8 million in support from industry.

New research centre with a critical mass of talent and expertise

The new Australian Critical Minerals Research Centre will conduct comprehensive critical minerals research, from exploration to resource definition and mineral processing.

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.

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Upcoming events

Physics Seminars - 2021

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

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.

Honours in Science Information Session

Learn about the discipline-based research or a broader professional skills pathway you can complete under the mentorship of the University of Adelaide's top scientists.

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