Physics & Space Science

Is your passion is theoretical, computational, mathematical or astronomical physics? Study at the University of Adelaide and learn to solve cutting-edge problems at the forefront of these fields.

By studying alongside our leading researchers, world-class educators and industry partners, you’ll develop the skills a professional scientist needs. Graduate with an adaptable mindset and the expertise to tackle critical world challenges.

Start your career at South Australia's #1 university for physics* and with a uni ranked in the top 150 of the world for physics and astronomy.**

Study and career options

Bachelor of Science (Space Science & Astrophysics)

Along with a focus on astronomy and space science, you will develop a strong foundation in physics. There’s also flexibility for you to supplement learning with a choice of other science subjects, geoscience and mathematically based work.

Gain direct access to professionals in the fields of space science and astrophysics. Gain opportunities to take part in project work with established scientists. This is the #1 degree in South Australia for astronomical and space sciences research.

Study Space Science

Honours Degree of Bachelor of Science in High Performance Computational Physics

Learn to solve cutting-edge problems at the forefront of physics. Learn sophisticated high-performance computing techniques required for the solution of high-level problems in theoretical, computational and mathematical physics.

You’ll learn to program parallel supercomputers using state-of-the-art computer languages, and gain high-demand mathematical and computational skills.

Study physics

Student and graduate stories

Meet a theoretical physicist

"At the University of Adelaide I was able to work closely with world leaders in my field and learn from them in an incredibly supportive environment. It was the best possible start to my academic career."

Phiala Shanahan - BSc (High Perf Comp Phys)(Hons), PhD (Physics & Astrophysics).

Meet a medical physics specialist

"Studying physics at the University of Adelaide prepared me for a career in any number of fields. Physicists, and scientists in general are in high demand in a number of sectors due to their analytical skills and 'out-of-the-box' approaches to solving problems."

Michael Douglass - BSc (Space Science & Astrophysics), PhD (Physics)

*Shanghai Ranking's Global Ranking of Academic Subjects 2020 - Physics
**QS World University Rankings by Subject for Physics and Astronomy, 2020

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