Master of Engineering in Mining Engineering (MEng)
Join the academic community of one of the world’s leading mining schools. We are one of a few mining schools in Canada with facilities and expertise in Mining, Mineral Processing, Rock Mechanics, Social License, Mine Economics and Environmental Sustainability. Enroll in a Master of Engineering degree at a top ranked university and in one of the most beautiful and liveable cities in the world.
Our cohort-based, professional degree is a course-based masters which allows one to specialize in one of the following areas:
- Mining Geotechnics,
- Mineral Processing,
- Mine Economics,
- Mine Waste Management
- Mining Sustainability and the Environment.
The program attracts mining professionals from all corners of the world and creates a diverse network of mining expertise. Students benefit from the academic content as well as the international professional experience each student brings to the program. Students also have the opportunity to enhance their experience with an 4-8 month paid work term.
Take advantage of our institute’s strong sense of community and close industrial support.
What makes the program unique?
Specially Tailored Orientation Program
Students have a specially tailored orientation program to provide a wide-ranging overview and introduction to Canada’s mining industry, UBC and Vancouver.
In July, prior to arrival, students start the coop orientation. Upon arrival in early August, students have an orientation session at the Institute, a tour of the UBC campus, and a welcome lunch. Over the next few weeks, students also take several short courses with NBK Institute faculty members, in addition to meeting with safety representatives and UBC’s Engineering Co-op Office. Students will tour select attractions in Vancouver and visit the head offices of Vancouver-based mining companies. After learning about mine closure and acid rock drainage, students visit the BC Museum of Mining and EPCOR Britannia Mine Water Treatment Plant Discovery Centre. At the end of the orientation period, students undertake an extensive field trip to several major BC mining operations, followed by an industry networking night.
In early September, students are required to make a presentation and produce a report on a mine or mining company to demonstrate a solid understanding of basic mining principles. Three graduate level credits are given for the academic portion of the orientation.
From September until April, MEng students participate in academic conferences, industrial lunches and dinners and field trips. During the reading week in Term 2, MEng students undertake a major field trip to more distant Canadian mines.
Option to participate in a Paid Coop Internship
Students will have the chance to develop a well-rounded educational experience by applying classroom learning to relevant engineering work environments. Students are coached on how to refine existing strengths and develop new professional skills while developing a network of professional contacts. Students experience professional development and personal growth through the program.
The Master of Engineering in Mining Engineering (M.Eng.) is an intensive study program designed for professionals and engineering graduates eager to upgrade their skills in order to build a solid base for a career in the global mining industry. It includes at least 30 credits of course work with the option to complete a coop work term. The program takes up to 2 years to complete.
Tuition & Financial Support
|Fees||Canadian Citizen / Permanent Resident / Refugee / Diplomat||International|
|Installments per year||3||3|
|Tuition per installment||$2,190.90||$7,971.21|
|Tuition per year|
(plus annual increase, usually 2%-5%)
|Int. Tuition Award (ITA) per year (if eligible)||Not applicable|
|Other Fees and Costs|
|Student Fees (yearly)||$1,081.64 (approx.)|
|Costs of living (yearly)||starting at $18,517.90 (check cost calculator)|
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. Tuition fees are reviewed annually by the UBC Board of Governors. In recent years, tuition increases have been 2% for continuing domestic students and between 2% and 5% for continuing international students. New students may see higher increases in tuition. Admitted students who defer their admission are subject to the potentially higher tuition fees for incoming students effective at the later program start date. In case of a discrepancy between this webpage and the UBC Calendar, the UBC Calendar entry will be held to be correct.
Applicants to UBC have access to a variety of funding options.
Program Funding Packages
MENG Students can apply for Teaching Assistantships and Research Assistantships. Most MENG students apply for the Engineering Coop Program. MENG students who are successful in securing an Engineering coop program internship are paid monthly salaries ranging from $3000 to $7000 per month.
Organizations may provide their employees with tuition benefits as part of an employment package to support lifelong learning of their workforce.
Scholarships & awards (merit-based funding)
Professional / course-based programs usually do not provide merit-based funding. Some programs may offer bursaries.
Financial aid (need-based funding)
Canadian and US applicants may qualify for governmental loans to finance their studies. Please review eligibility and types of loans.
All students may be able to access private sector or bank loans.
Foreign government scholarships
Many foreign governments provide support to their citizens in pursuing education abroad. International applicants should check the various governmental resources in their home country, such as the Department of Education, for available scholarships.
Working while studying
The possibility to pursue work to supplement income may depend on the demands the program has on students. It should be carefully weighed if work leads to prolonged program durations or whether work placements can be meaningfully embedded into a program.
International students enrolled as full-time students with a valid study permit can work on campus for unlimited hours and work off-campus for no more than 20 hours a week.
A good starting point to explore student jobs is the UBC Work Learn program or a Co-Op placement.
Tax credits and RRSP withdrawals
Students with taxable income in Canada may be able to claim federal or provincial tax credits.
Canadian residents with RRSP accounts may be able to use the Lifelong Learning Plan (LLP) which allows students to withdraw amounts from their registered retirement savings plan (RRSPs) to finance full-time training or education for themselves or their partner.
Please review Filing taxes in Canada on the student services website for more information.
Applicants have access to the cost calculator to develop a financial plan that takes into account various income sources and expenses.
Enrolment, Duration & Other Stats
These statistics show data for the Master of Engineering in Mining Engineering (MEng). Data are separated for each degree program combination. You may view data for other degree options in the respective program profile.
Completion Rates & Times
Mining Engineering offers opportunity for study in the fields of mining and mineral processing, including mine environment and coal preparation. Areas of research interest are:
- Mining: Mine economics and valuation, mine design, drilling and blasting methods, rock mechanics and slope stability, optimization and simulation of mining operations, advanced mining methods, mine services (particularly mine ventilation), and climatic control.
- Mineral processing: Unit operations, comminution, process modelling and optimization, expert systems, instrumentation and computer control. Flotation, surface chemistry, fines recovery, coal recovery, treatment of fine and oxidized coal, and precious metals recovery.
- Mining and Environment: Acid rock drainage, environmental protection, effluent control and treatment. Social and legal aspects of sustainable mining practices, small-scale mining in developing countries.
September 2024 Intake
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