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.

Our history

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

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

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Latest news

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The legacy of science alumni and geological research highlighted with new sculpture celebrating our state’s fossil emblem, Spriggina floundersi.

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University of Adelaide scientists observe the biggest black hole merger so far detected.

Science graduates share tales of career success in new podcast

Hear inspiring stories from science graduates in the University of Adelaide’s new podcast series.

Future Fellows to advance key marine ecology and palaeontology research

University of Adelaide scientists have been awarded more than $1.5 million to study environmental and climate change, but in vastly different contexts.

Scientists in the news this week: July 3, 2020

Your round-up of University of Adelaide scientists and science graduates in the news this week.


Upcoming events

Earth Sciences Seminars - 2020

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

Chemistry Seminars - 2020

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

Physics Seminars - 2020

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