Reasons to study at the University of Adelaide

The University of Adelaide is renowned internationally for excellence in research.

Reasons to choose the University of Adelaide:

The University of Adelaide is one of Australia's most highly research-intensive institutions, and is a member of the Group of Eight and a destination of choice for highly talented researchers and academics.

Research strengths

The University of Adelaide is an Australian leader in research in a comprehensive range of disciplines, and has a distinguished track record spanning basic research to commercial outcomes.

It has major strengths in:

  • Agriculture
    (including plant and food sciences, animal sciences, and soil sciences);
  • The environment
    (including climate change, water, natural resource management and evolutionary biology);
  • Society and social innovation
    (including population studies, philosophy and ethics, and politics);
  • Mineral & energy resources
    (including mining and petroleum engineering, energy technologies, and resource exploration);
  • Health & biomedical sciences
    (including reproductive health, population health and infectious diseases);
  • Advanced sensing & computation
    (including photonics, signal processing and acoustics); and
  • Fundamental disciplines
    (including physics, chemistry, economics and law).

View the full list of our Research Strengths.

The University of Adelaide is also home to a large number of multi-disciplinary research centres and Research institutes.

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Research leaders

The University of Adelaide has world-leading researchers across its academic areas, including three ARC Federation Fellows and one NHMRC Australia Fellow.

Federation Fellows are researchers of international standing who play a leadership role in building Australia's international research capacity. The University of Adelaide's current Australian Research Council (ARC) Federation Fellows are:

Professor Alan Cooper, one of the world leaders in the field of fragmentary DNA research and Professor of Ancient Biomolecules at the University of Oxford, was awarded a five-year Federation Fellowship in 2004 to establish an ancient DNA (aDNA) research laboratory at the University of Adelaide.
Professor Tanya Monro's Federation Fellowship is to develop a new platform for exploring and controlling interactions between light and matter using new classes of optical fibres. This will lead to innovative applications in medical research, defence and environmental science.
Professor Mark Tester is internationally recognised for his outstanding research work on the link between the physiology and genomics of plant nutrition, and his Federation Fellowship is for work on "salinity tolerance and long-distance transport in cereals".
Past Federation Fellows:

Professor Graeme Hugo, 2002 - 2007, was the first researcher based at a South Australian university to be awarded a Federation Fellowship to research "the new paradigm of international migration to and from Australia: dimensions, causes and implications".

The University of Adelaide is also home to one National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC) Australia Fellow:

Professor James Paton's Fellowship will allow him to accelerate his research into new generation vaccines and therapeutic approaches for bacterial infections such as Pneumococcaus, Streptococcus pneumoniae and Escherichia coli

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Research performance & income

In 2008, the University of Adelaide ranked second in Australia in terms of weighted publications per capita, producing almost 3000 peer-reviewed journal articles, conference papers, books and book chapters.*

In 2008, the University of Adelaide's investment in research activities exceeded a quarter of a billion dollars, with the University of Adelaide ranking second in Australia in terms of competitive research income per capita.^

*Source - DEEWR publications submissions 2009.

^Source - DEEWR Higher Education Research Data Collection, Research Block Grants advice, and DEEWR Aggregated Staff data.

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