Master of Applied Science in Mining Engineering (MASc)

Quick Facts

Degree
Master of Applied Science
Subject
Engineering
Mode of delivery
On campus
Specialization
Mining Engineering
Program Components
Coursework + Thesis required
Faculty
Faculty of Applied Science
 

Overview

The Master of Applied Science is a Research degree requiring a thesis.   Students can specialize in any of the following areas:  social issues in mining, mining engineering, mineral processing, mining and the environment, Rock mechanics, Mine Economics, Safety, Corporate Social Responsibility, etc.

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 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?

  • opportunities for interdisciplinary work on social, economic as well as engineering research
  • international research opportunities
  • travel opportunities
  • connections to CIRDI
  • Vancouver is a centre for Mining Activity in Canada with its abundance of junior mining companies, finance for mining companies, and law for mining companies.
 

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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. Socio-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 on the mining industry.

Our instructional building, the Frank Forward building and our research facility, the Coal & Mineral Processing Laboratory, are fully equipped to provide a 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 work space, quiet nooks, and a coffee room.

Requirements

TOEFL (ibT) Overall Score Requirement

90
22
21
22
21

IELTS Overall Score Requirement

6.5
6.0
6.0
6.0
6.0

Funding Sources

Some types of financial assistance are available for the winter session and may be supplemented by summer research and/or teaching assistantships to the registered students.

Financial support for non-Canadian students is limited and high academic standings are required to obtain support [Grade Point Averages exceeding 3.7 (maximum 4)].

We suggest that you have financial support to finance at least the first year of studies.  In the event that a sponsor is willing to provide you with financial support, we will require a letter from him/her noting the amount of financial aid available and its duration.

We regret that we cannot process your application without this document.  The department will not be responsible for foreign students’ financial.

The University of British Columbia may offer a Partial Tuition Scholarship up to $3,200 each year to help defray the very large tuition fee increase that has recently levied on foreign students.

Career Options

Graduates can go into academia as well as engineering industry, such as a technical expert for a mining company, consutling company or supply company; mining industry advisor for financial and banking etc.

Tuition / Program Costs

FeesCanadian Citizen / Permanent Resident / Refugee / DiplomatInternational
Application Fee$102.00$165.00
Tuition *
Installments per year33
Tuition per installment$1,632.61$2,868.22
Tuition per year$4,897.83$8,604.66
Int. Tuition Award (ITA) per year (if eligible) $3,200.00 (-)
Other Fees and Costs
Student Fees (yearly)$923.38 (approx.)
Costs of living (yearly)starting at $16,884.10 (check cost calculator)
* Regular, full-time tuition. For on-leave, extension, continuing or part time (if applicable) fees see UBC Calendar.
All fees for the year are subject to adjustment and UBC reserves the right to change any fees without notice at any time, including tuition and student fees. In case of a discrepancy between this webpage and the UBC Calendar, the UBC Calendar entry will be held to be correct.

Statistical Data

Enrolment Data

 20162015201420132012
Applications4725444332
Offers101111198
New registrations889177
Total enrolment4046423430

Completion Rates & Times

This program has a graduation rate of 84.85% based on 33 students admitted between 2007 - 2010. Based on 35 graduations between 2013 - 2016 the minimum time to completion is 1.32 years and the maximum time is 5.00 years with an average of 2.55 years of study. All calculations exclude leave times.
Disclaimer
Admissions data refer to all UBC Vancouver applications, offers, new registrants for each year, May to April [data updated: 12 July 2017]. Enrolment data are based on March 1 snapshots. Program completion data are only provided for datasets comprised of more than 4 individuals. Rates and times of completion depend on a number of variables (e.g. curriculum requirements, student funding), some of which may have changed in recent years for some programs [data updated: 29 September 2017].

Research Supervisors

This list shows faculty members with full supervisory privileges who are affiliated with this program. It is not a comprehensive list of all potential supervisors as faculty from other programs or faculty members without full supervisory privileges can request approvals to supervise graduate students in this program.

  • Dunbar, W Scott (Bacterial replication controls, bacteriophage, phage)
  • Elmo, Davide (rock mechanics and rock engineering design; advanced numerical modelling of block cave mining and discrete fracture networks, interaction between surface and underground mining, numerical simulations of the mechanical behaviour of hard rock pillars, slope stability analysis, applications of synthetic rock mass modelling and discrete fracture network modelling.)
  • Holuszko, Maria (minerals characterization as it applies to mineral processing; recovery of metals from industrial and municipal waste streams)
  • Klein, Bern (processing of precious minerals; processing of industrial metals, Ultrafine grinding, high pressure grinding rolls, hydraulic transport of non-Newtonion mineral slurries, industrial minerlas, mine-mill integration, continuous centrifugal gravity concentration, improved technologies for artisinal andsmall scale gold miners, metal leaching from waste rock, rheology of mineral suspensions)
  • Miskovic, Sanja (Multiphase Flows, Computational Fluid Dynamics, Experimental Fluid Dynamics, High Performance Computing, Minerals Processing, Embedded Sensors, IIoT, Industrial Big Data, Critical Elements Extraction)
  • Miskovic, Ilija (Multi-physics of Geo-materials, Big Data)
  • Pawlik, Marek (Surface chemistry, Adsorption of polymers and surfactants, Process water and reagent chemistry, rheology of mineral suspensions, interparticle and interfacial phenomena)
  • Scoble, Malcolm (Sustainable mining, mining with communities, mine-mill integration, workplace safety, mining innovation)
  • Van Zyl, Dirk (The contributions that mining makes to sustainable development, life cycle systems, mine earth structures (tailings, heap leach, and rock disposal facilities))
  • Veiga, Marcello (effects of metals in the environment; pollution caused by mining; social effects of mining on communities; mercury pollution on fish, Biogeochemical cycle of heavy metals in the environment, Bioaccumulation and adverse health effects of metals in the environment, specially mercury, Artisanal and small-scale gold mining, Mercury pollution from gold mining and hydroelectric reservoirs, Acid Rock DrainageProcess mineralogy applied to mining and mineral processing, Sustainable development in mining, Mining communities and social issues related to mining, Mine closure and reclamation planning)

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January 2018 Intake

Application Open Date
01 January 2017
Canadian Applicant Deadline
30 September 2017
International Applicant Deadline
31 August 2017

May 2018 Intake

Application Open Date
01 May 2017
Canadian Applicant Deadline
31 January 2018
International Applicant Deadline
31 December 2017

September 2018 Intake

Application Open Date
01 September 2017
Canadian Applicant Deadline
31 May 2018
International Applicant Deadline
30 April 2018

January 2019 Intake

Application Open Date
01 January 2018
Canadian Applicant Deadline
30 September 2018
International Applicant Deadline
31 August 2018

May 2019 Intake

Application Open Date
01 May 2018
Canadian Applicant Deadline
31 January 2019
International Applicant Deadline
31 December 2018

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