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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 McIsaac, Ph.D.

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


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.

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.

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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.

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.

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, 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. 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. Julian Ortiz: Open Pit Mine Planning & Design, Mine Waste 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 throughout 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.

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.

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 (312 KB)

Degree Level Expectations - M.A.Sc. (212 KB)

Degree Level Expectations - PhD (351 KB)

Online Graduate Courses

MINE 800: Mining Systems and Processes.  This course provides a broad overview of mining systems and processes, and is intended for professionals and students new to the mining industry.  Domestic and international students are welcome.  To apply and for more details, please contact