Doctor of Philosophy in Mining Engineering


Program Description

Backed by an unparalleled reputation for expertise and innovation in mineral extraction, mineral processing, and environmental protection, the graduate program in Mining Engineering has two types of students in mind:

  • Those from the industry who wish to improve their workplace skills; and
  • Those who wish to pursue research leading to advances in state-of-the-art or state-of-the-practice mining and mineral process engineering.

In order to best meet the needs of these two groups, the program encourages interaction between universities in North America and other countries. In many cases, this collaborative outlook leads to joint research projects and student exchanges.

What makes the program unique?

In keeping with the collaborative approach of the NBK Institute of Mining Engineering, one of the Department’s greatest strengths lies in its ties with Canada’s mining industry.

Most of our students have opportunities for industry employment and participation in research activity at working mines. This hands-on approach helps our students develop practical skills and gain exposure to valuable case histories. Also, many of our faculty members are active within the industry through consulting activities and involvement in professional societies relating to mining.

The department provides opportunities for interdisciplinary work on social, economic as well as engineering research. Other advantages are international research and travel opportunities and connections to CIRDI. Vancouver is a center for Mining Activity in Canada with its abundance of junior mining companies, finance for mining companies, and law for mining companies.

The end result is an innovative, industry-responsive, and internationally recognized graduate program of the highest caliber.

Research Information

Research focus

  1. Mining (mine ventilation and mine services, simulation and optimization, mining operations research, rock mechanics and geotechnics, mine valuation and production economics);
  2. Mineral Processing (process control, modeling, simulation and optimization, fine particle technology, surface chemistry of flotation, plant design, and economics, coal preparation technology);
  3. Social-economic aspects and sustainability (mine waste management, environmental aspects of mining).

Research facilities

Our facilities are specifically designed to ensure that our faculty, staff, and students are prepared to meet the demands of the mining industry.

Our instructional building, the Frank Forward building, and our research facility, the Coal & Mineral Processing Laboratory, are fully equipped to provide positive research and educational framework.

Much of the equipment has been obtained through the generosity of donors and the initiative of faculty who seek out and obtain research grants.

As a result, the UBC Department of Mining Engineering is able to maintain its’ reputation for producing first-rate mining engineers and research.

In 2003 we underwent a major renovation that gave us a state-of-the-art classroom, a larger conference room, and a redesigned main office that includes more workspace, quiet nooks, and a coffee room.

Career Outcomes

31 students graduated between 2005 and 2013: 1 is in a non-salaried situation; for 6 we have no data (based on research conducted between Feb-May 2016). For the remaining 24 graduates:

Sample employers in higher education

  • University of Concepcion
  • Universidade Federal dos Vales do Jequitinhonha e Mucuri
  • University Adolfo Ibañez
  • Technical University of Machala
  • University of Alberta
  • Curtin University
  • University of British Columbia
  • University of Nevada - Reno

Sample employers outside higher education

  • Golder Associates (2)
  • Fluor Canada Ltd.
  • New Gold Inc.
  • Amec Foster Wheeler
  • Cytec-Solvay Group
  • Rio Tinto
  • Mosaic Company
  • SGS Canada
  • Dr. Jillian Roberts Psychology Corp.
  • Hatch

Sample job titles outside higher education

  • Owner
  • Associate, Senior Geotechnical Engineer
  • Principle Process Specialist
  • Principal
  • Research Engineer
  • Senior Advisor (Natural Resources & Finance)
  • Senior Metallurgist
  • Senior Geochemist
  • Founding Director
  • Senior Manager


Minimum Academic Requirements

The Faculty of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies establishes the minimum admission requirements common to all applicants, usually a minimum overall average in the B+ range (76% at UBC). The graduate program that you are applying to may have additional requirements.

Each program may set higher academic minimum requirements. Please review the program website carefully to understand the program requirements. Meeting the minimum requirements does not guarantee admission as it is a competitive process.

English Language Test

Applicants from a university outside Canada in which English is not the primary language of instruction must provide results of an English language proficiency examination as part of their application. Tests must have been taken within the last 24 months at the time of submission of your application.

Minimum requirements for the two most common English language proficiency tests to apply to this program are listed below:

TOEFL: Test of English as a Foreign Language - Internet-based

  • Overall score requirement: 90
  • Reading: 22
  • Writing: 21
  • Speaking: 21
  • Listening: 22

IELTS: International English Language Testing System

  • Overall score requirement: 6.5
  • Reading: 6.0
  • Writing: 6.0
  • Speaking: 6.0
  • Listening: 6.0
Last updated Dec 2020

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