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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.

Our history

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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

$7m boost for sciences research

ARC Discovery projects showcase the dynamic breadth of sciences research at the University of Adelaide.

Plant science and geology experts feature in list of world’s most influential researchers

Plant scientists and a geologist from the University of Adelaide are among the world’s most highly cited researchers.

Scientists in the news this week: October 2020

‘What even is the economy?’ Citymag has published a three-part series on ‘how SA makes money and stuff’ featuring several University of Adelaide scientists and science graduates.

Peter Veitch receives Australia's most prestigious scientific research award

Professor Peter Veitch has been awarded the Prime Minister’s Prize for Science for his involvement in one of the greatest scientific discoveries of this century.

Sculpture of iconic Ediacaran fossil unveiled

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

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Upcoming events

Chemistry Seminars - 2020

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

Parents Information and Q+A Evening - Sciences

Information session for parents who have children interested in studying science at the University of Adelaide.

Get ready! Studying Sciences at Adelaide

Calling all new students planning on joining us in 2021.

Welcome to Sciences: Open campus experience

About to start a science degree? Join us at North Terrace campus to discover where you will be studying in 2021 and what it's like to be a science student.

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