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

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Latest news



Where do rocks come from?

Five-year-old Claire from Perth asks Professor Alan Collins, "where do rocks come from?"



Probe detects the mechanism for spreading of metastatic cancer cells

A new fluorescent sensor developed by researchers from the University of Adelaide can detect migrating cancer cells and could be used to target medication to stop metastasis in aggressive cancers.



Quantum sensors to make Australia safer

Researchers to work with the Defence Science and Technology Group on four ambitious quantum technology projects.



On top of the world: Sciences research ranks high in ERA results

Science research at the University of Adelaide has reached new heights according to the 2018 Excellence in Research Australia (ERA) results released this week.



Photonics & space internships await physics student

New Colombo Plan Scholarship recipient Rhona Hamilton has sights on her internships at the University of Tokyo and National Astronomical Observatory of Japan.


Upcoming events



Earth Sciences Seminar: Emeritus Professor David Groves

Emeritus Professor David Groves will present a seminar on Distribution of iron-oxide copper-gold (IOCG) deposits through earth history with implications for deposit associations and tectonic setting.



Science Alive! Adelaide

The Faculty of Sciences will feature at Science Alive!, the largest mobile science exhibition in Australia.