"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 McIsaac, Ph.D., 2009
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.
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, mine-mechanical and 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.
Our engineers work in metals and 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 in mineral extraction and work in close contact with the mineral industry.
Career paths – employment opportunities
- Mining companies
- Mining equipment and technology providers
- Consulting companies
- Non-Governmental Organizations
- Financial institutions
M.Eng.: 1 year
M.A.Sc.: 2 years
Ph.D.: 4 years
Fields of study are: Mining Engineering Mine Mechanical 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
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
We encourage you to contact a potential supervisor before applying to our program.
- Dr. Jamie Archibald: Rock Mechanics
- Dr. Laeeque Daneshmend: Reliability & Maintenance and Mining Systems, Robotics & Automation
- Dr. Boyd Davis: Hydrometallurgical Processing and Environmental and Sustainability
- 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 Waste Management
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.
Entering graduate students who win federal government tri-council awards are automatically provided a $5,000 (masters) or $7,500 (PhD - will be increased to $10,000 for the 2016/17 academic year) top-up award by Queen’s.
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.
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