Queen's University

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Mining Engineering



"I just graduated from the Ph.D. program, and already I’m starting to see the benefits. Now I’m considered for some types of work that I wouldn’t have been considered for before. I get approved to teach and do editorial work on books as a direct result of my degree. I would recommend this program to anyone in the industry with a problem to solve.”

—George MacIsaac, Ph.D., 2009

Program Contact

Kate Cowperthwaite
Graduate Assistant
The Robert M. Buchan Department of Mining
Goodwin Hall & Room 354;
Kingston, ON, Canada K7L 3N6

Phone: 613.533.2230
E-mail: mine.pagrads@queensu.ca
Website: www.mine.queensu.ca


Program Overview

From its inauguration in 1893, Mining Engineering at Queen’s has held a significant position in the Canadian mineral industry. Graduates are involved in all facets of the industry and can be found at major mining operations throughout the world.

Our engineers work in base metals, industrial minerals, and with consulting companies, geotechnical groups, environmental groups, heavy and light equipment manufacturing companies, computer software and hardware development organizations, banks, government institutions and university organizations. We are at the forefront in developing computer applications for engineering design and work in close contact with the mineral industry.

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Mining engineers acquire knowledge about all relevant mining processes, from exploration to production, that also include management and environmental issues. On-campus laboratories include a rock mechanics laboratory, a mine environment laboratory, computer planning facilities, and several mineral processing laboratories. The Department also operates an Explosive Test Site in Hinchinbrooke Township, near Kingston.

Career paths – employment opportunities

  • Mining companies
  • Mining equipment and technology providers
  • Consulting companies
  • Non-Governmental Organizations
  • Financial institutions
Degrees Offered/Method of Completion

Degrees Offered

M.Eng.: 1 year

M.A.Sc.: 2 years

Ph.D.: 4 years

Fields of study are: Mining Engineering or Mineral Processing and Environmental

Method of Completion

M. Eng.: Course work, only (Pattern III)

M.A.Sc.: Course work, seminar and research thesis

Ph.D.: Course work, seminar, research thesis, comprehensive exam

Fields of study and Supervisors

Our Professors and staff cover the breadth and depth of mining specializations, including:

  • Mining Planning & Design Mechanical Systems
  • Metallurgical Processing
  • Geotechnical Environmental Sustainability Mineral Economics
  • Occupational Health & Safety Rock Mechanics
  • Reliability, Maintenance & Risk Assessment

Although it is not necessary, we encourage you to contact a potential supervisor before applying to our program.

  • Dr. Jamie Archibald: Rock Mechanics, Mining Health & Safety
  • Dr. Laeeque Daneshmend: Reliability & Maintenance and Mining Systems, Robotics & Automation
  • Dr. Boyd Davis: Hydrometallurgical Processing and Environmental and Sustainability
  • Professor Jeffrey Davidson:Sustainability and Applied Mineral Economics
  • Dr. Euler De Souza: Ventilation and Rock Mechanics
  • Dr. Ahmad Ghahremaninezhad: Hydrometallurgy and biohydrometallurgy
  • Dr. Takis Katsabanis: Blasting, Explosives, Impact Dynamics
  • Dr. Sadan Kelebek: Mineral Processing and Environmental and Sustainability
  • Dr. Joshua Marshall: Mining Systems, Robotics & Automation
  • Dr. Steve McKinnon: Rock Mechanics
  • Dr. Chris Pickles: Pyrometallurgy
  • Dr. Ursula Thorley: Open Pit Mine Planning & Design, Mine Waster Management
Funding, Academic Prerequisites and Deadlines

Funding Information

M. Eng.: Not funded by the department

M.A.Sc.: Minimum $16,800

Ph.D.: Minimum $18,000

Additional funding is available through Ontario Graduate Scholarships, NSERC Postgraduate Scholarships and other various awards. There are teaching assistantship opportunities to apply for, available through out the academic year.

Academic Prerequisites

Masters: Bachelors degree in mining, mechanical engineering, chemical engineering or other related engineering fields, with a B- average. Many of our students come from industrial backgrounds. Anyone without academic prerequisites will be placed on probation and required to take additional courses.

Ph.D.: A Masters degree in Mining Engineering.

Test Requirements

Those applicants whose native languages do not include English will be required to obtain satisfactory standing in an English Language Proficiency Test as part of the application process, and before final acceptance is granted. See the Graduate Studies website for the TOEFL minimum score requirements. Applicants must meet the minimum score requirement in each test as well as the minimum overall score requirement.

Key Dates and Deadlines

Application Deadline: March 1.

Notification of Acceptance: April 30

Learning Outcomes

Degree Level Expectations - MEng (154 KB)

Degree Level Expectations - M.A.Sc. (453 KB)

Degree Level Expectations - PhD (117 KB)