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, Engineering and Technology. 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

Fossil discovery rewrites history of modern human arrival in Europe

Human occupation in Europe was almost 10,000 years earlier than previously documented, a discovery that stands to rewrite modern human and Neanderthal histories on the continent.

Trailblazing new opportunities to commercialise defence research

A major defence research commercialisation project between the University of Adelaide and the University of New South Wales is one of just eight proposals shortlisted for the Federal Government’s new $242.7 million Trailblazer Universities program.

Industry partnership to tackle the future of clean energy

Fortescue Future Industries, Sparc Technologies and the University of Adelaide partner to tackle the future of clean energy.

University of Adelaide science community recognised in Australia Day Honours

The University of Adelaide congratulates alumni, staff and friends recognised in the 2022 Australia Day Honours list.

Superabsorption unlocks key to next generation quantum batteries

University of Adelaide scientists and their overseas partners have taken a key step in making quantum batteries a reality.


Upcoming events

Sciences & ECMS Welcome Session

Upcoming faculty and study area events during Orientation Week.

Physics Seminars - 2022

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

Chemistry Seminars - 2022

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

Earth Sciences Seminars - 2022

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

How to get the offer you want

An online Q&A session with the Future Student team to run through all of your questions about getting into the degree you want, or the backup pathways available to you.

Get ready! Studying Sciences at Adelaide Uni

Calling all new students planning on joining us in 2022.