School of Graduate Studies

School of Graduate Studies
School of Graduate Studies

Mining Engineering



"I think it was an excellent experience. The MSc program gave me tools to understand and solve problems related to mine planning and resource estimation.

The Robert M. Buchan Department of Mining is well known in Chile. Therefore, having finished the program has given me several job opportunities as an engineer and as a teacher of the same subject as well.

The members of the mining department are excellent people; they supported me in everything I needed during the two year  program.”

—Sebastian Hurtado, MSc.

Program Contact

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

Phone: 613.533.6000 ext 77135


Program Overview

The Robert M. Buchan Department of Mining at Queen’s has prepared global mining industry leaders for more than 125 years. It is today not only the largest mining department in Canada but among the largest in the world. In fact, Queen’s mining engineers account for some 33 percent of all Canadian mining and mineral processing engineers who have graduated from Canadian universities.

As technology evolves and the global economy changes, our students and researchers play a key role in defining the state of the art in mining. In close collaboration with industry partners, our faculty and students work to make mining operations safer, more efficient, more productive, less impactful on the natural environment, and more cost effective.

The Robert M. Buchan Department of Mining welcomes your interest in participating in the graduate study program of this Department and hopes that you are able to explore the opportunities that will become available to you should you wish to become part of the Mining family at Queen’s University



The Robert M. Buchan Department of Mining is located in Goodwin Hall which provides lecture, laboratory and study facilities. The on-campus laboratories include a Rock Mechanics laboratory, Mine Environment laboratory, Computer Planning facilities, and several Mineral Processing laboratories. The department also operates an Explosive Test Site in Hinchinbrooke Township, near Kingston. Laboratories are fully equipped for the programs offered. In addition, they include extensive equipment for advanced study and research in the various fields of major interest. The facilities allow undergraduate courses to be conducted in close proximity to graduate study and research. As a result, sound professional practice can be emphasized while the potential for future development is demonstrated.

About Our Facilities

Mining has extensive laboratory facilities including; Explosives Test Site; Geotechnical Instrumentation; Microwave Extraction; Mineral Extraction; Rock Mechanics; Ventilation and Computer Aided Design.

The explosive test site and microwave extraction laboratories are unique to Queen’s Mining and recognize the special expertise of the staff concerned.

Find out about more the Labs on the Robert M. Buchan Mining website

Career paths – employment opportunities

  • Mining companies
  • Mining equipment and technology providers
  • Consulting companies
  • Non-Governmental Organizations
  • Financial institutions
  • Academia and Research
  • Consulting
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, Mine-Mechanical and Mineral Processing and Environmental Engineering.

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 of Mechanical Systems
  • Mineral Processing
  • Geotechnical, Environmental, Sustainability, and Mineral Economics
  • Occupational Health and Safety & Rock Mechanics
  • Reliability, Maintenance & Risk Assessment

We encourage you to contact a potential supervisor before applying to our program.

  • Dr. Laeeque Daneshmend: Machine Design, Equipment Maintenance, Maintenance Management, Reliability Analysis, Systems Modeling, Simulation and Control, Mining Automation, Telerobotics.
  • Dr. Euler De Souza: Mine Ventilation, Mine Environment, Instrumentation, Backfill.
  • Dr. Ahmad Ghahreman: Hydrometallurgy and biohydrometallurgy, Mineral processing wastes and their remediation, Electrochemical dissolution of complex minerals (fundamental studies), Flowsheet design and modeling.
  • Dr. Anne Johnson: Management of Social Risk, Sustainability Reporting and Metrics, Mining Law and Policy, Community Relations
  • Dr. Takis Katsabanis: Detonation Physics, Blasting, Fragmentation, Vibration.
  • Dr. Sadan Kelebek: Mineral Processing Technology, Process & Tailing Environment, Computer Assisted Process Analysis, Complex Sulphides and Pyrrhotite Rejection.
  • Dr. Joshua Marshall: Mining systems, field robotics, and automation. His work involves the development and application of methods for perception, modelling, analysis, and control of mining equipment and processes.
  • Dr. Steve McKinnon: Stress fields in complex geological environments, mine design in high stress conditions, mining induced seismicity, and geodynamics modeling of the earth's crust.
  • Dr. Julian Ortiz: Geostatistics, stochastic modeling of ore deposits, sampling and QA QC, geometallurgical modelling.
  • Dr. Chris Pickles: Processes and the Environment, Advanced Pyrometallurgy, Process Engineering for Metals Extraction, Advanced Metals Extraction.
Funding, Academic Prerequisites and Deadlines

Funding Information

M. Eng.: Not funded by the department

M.A.Sc. & Ph.D.: Minimum stipend for all fulltime incoming MASc and PhD student is $25,000 beginning September 2021

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

Entering graduate students who win federal government tri-council awards are automatically provided a $5,000 (masters) or $10,000 (PhD) top-up award by Queen’s.

Academic Prerequisites

Masters: Bachelor's 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 Master's degree in Mining Engineering. Applicants with a Master’s degree in a cognate science may be admitted

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

Grad Maps

View the Grad Maps for this department and all graduate degrees on the Career Services website


Online Graduate Courses

MINE-801*: Community Aspects of Mineral Resource Development

MINE-803*: Community Engagement and Mining     

MINE-804*: Mining Projects and Indigenous Peoples  

MINE 881 : Mining Systems            

To apply and for more details, please contact