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

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

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Latest news

Quantum materials deliver a better world

The University of Adelaide has launched its Quantum Materials strategy with its focus on cutting-edge fundamental research and delivering new quantum-enabled technologies for a safer, wealthier and healthier world.

Celebrating success in the SA Science Awards

Congratulations to Dr Richard Lilly and Dr Tahlia Perry who are finalists in the 2021 South Australian Science Excellence and Innovation awards!

New Ramsay Fellows to lead physical sciences' research

The University of Adelaide’s newest Ramsay Scholars will conduct trailblazing research spanning computational materials science to novel statistical and machine learning for astrophysical phenomena. 

Adelaide influence in new South American gamma ray observatory

University of Adelaide researchers are part of an international team that aims to unlock the secrets of the universe above the southern hemisphere.

Physics: Uni of Adelaide ranked best in Australasia

The University of Adelaide is the best university for physics across Australia and New Zealand according to new rankings of the best global universities.


Upcoming events

Chemistry Seminars - 2021

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

Get ready! Studying Sciences at Adelaide Uni

Calling all new students planning on joining us in 2022.

Welcome to sciences: Online information session

Hear from student about the opportunities and experiences they’ve had while studying science. Chat to staff about securing the offer you want and what to do before uni starts.