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Mining Engineering

Graduate Program Overview

The Mining Engineering program concentrates on teaching and research involving the broader field of excavation and processing of ore to obtain the mineral products required by contemporary society.

Graduate Students

The program is designed to produce engineers and specialists qualified to assess, design and operate both underground and open pit mines, to design and operate complex processing plants and to evaluate and maintain the mechanical equipment required by these mining or processing facilities.

Graduate students at the Masters level may follow research (M.A.Sc.) or non-research programs (M.Eng.). Naturally, at the Doctoral level, only research is supported.

Master's Program

The Masters' program enables qualified students to study advanced courses in their field of interest in the mining industry. The non-research program (M.Eng.) requires that several more courses be taken, but the project, which may be completed by the student, is not defended formally, as is the case for the research program. The objectives of the program are to provide the mining industry with specialist personnel capable of solving broad problems either as mining or research company employees or consultants.

Masters of Engineering (M.Eng.)

The requirement for completion of the M.Eng. degree is eight (8) term length courses. Two of the courses can be at the 400 undergraduate level. Students are eligible to take any relevant courses listed in the Graduate Calendar, as long as at least four (4) of the courses are taken from their home department. Students generally take a set of courses that fit their background and interest. In Mining Engineering, students have the option to take MINE-898, a project-based courses that counts as two courses towards the required eight courses total.

Graduate students shall be required to complete training on the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act, 2005 (AODA), through the online course in Accessible Customer Service, as part of their graduate degree program, and prior to being approved for graduation.

Masters of Applied Science (M.A.Sc.)

The minimum requirements for the M.A.Sc. are four (4)term length courses, satisfactory participation in the graduate seminar (MINE-897) and completion of a research thesis (MINE-899). One term length course can be from the 400-series in another department, or, under exceptional circumstances, from Mining, but this course must be selected according to applicable regulations. All students must take CHEM-801*, a non-credit course in laboratory safety, at the first opportunity after their initial registration. Students who have previously completed MINE-462 or MINE-862 as part of their regular undergraduate or graduate programs at Queen's University, are exempt from this requirement.

Graduate students shall be required to complete training on the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act, 2005 (AODA), through the online course in Accessible Customer Service, as part of their graduate degree program, and prior to being approved for graduation.

Doctor of Philosophy

The minimum academic requirements are four term length courses beyond the M.A.Sc. degree, satisfactory participation in the graduate seminar MINE-897, successful completion of the comprehensive examination requirement, and completion of a research thesis (MINE-999). All courses must be taken at the graduate level. For this minimum academic requirement, three term courses must be taken within and one term course must be taken outside the Mining Department. In certain cases, the number of courses required will be larger than the minimum. The selected academic program must be approved by the Department.

All students must take CHEM-801*, a non-credit course in laboratory safety, at the first opportunity after their initial registration. Students who have previously completed MINE-462 or MINE-862 as part of their regular undergraduate or graduate programs at Queen's University, are exempt from this requirement.

The comprehensive examination, an assessment of the student's understanding of the major areas of Mining Engineering, must be taken by all Ph.D. candidates and may, under special entrance requirements, be required to be taken in two parts.

Should an entering Ph.D. student's background in mining engineering or related disciplines be deemed to be insufficient, a designated program of study and/or completion of general knowledge examinations (first level comprehensive examination) will be required to be taken. The first level comprehensive examination will review the candidate's general background in Mining Engineering and must be held in the fall term of the second year of the Ph.D. program.

If a first level knowledge examination is not required, the Ph.D. student will be required to complete a comprehensive examination leading up to a final thesis defense that will cover the area of specialization and areas of the candidate's background preparation. This examination should be taken at least 18 months after a student's initial registration in the Ph.D. program and no later than 12 months prior to the final thesis defense

Graduate students shall be required to complete training on the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act, 2005 (AODA), through the online course in Accessible Customer Service, as part of their graduate degree program, and prior to being approved for graduation.