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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Latest news



A collapsing star in a distant galaxy fired out some of the most energetic gamma rays ever seen

New research shows we still have much to learn about gamma-ray bursts; but gives us confidence that our methods to detect them are improving.



Local geoscientist the first Australian student to win award

Geoscientist Natalie Debenham has been awarded the Journal of Structural Geology’s 'Student Author of the Year Award'.



Local boost for AgTech, food and wine start-ups

Start-up companies in agricultural technology, food and wine are being given a guiding hand with a new business incubator launched at the University of Adelaide’s Waite campus.


Upcoming events



Chemistry Seminars - 2019

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



Earth Sciences Seminars - 2019

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