Doctor of Philosophy in Mining Engineering (PhD)

Overview

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?

In keeping with the collaborative approach of the NBK Institute of Mining Engineering, one of the Department’s greatest strengths lies in its ties with Canada’s mining industry.

Most of our students have opportunities for industry employment and participation in research activity at working mines. This hands-on approach helps our students develop practical skills and gain exposure to valuable case histories. Also, many of our faculty members are active within industry through consulting activities and involvement in professional societies relating to mining.

The department provides opportunities for interdisciplinary work on social, economic as well as engineering research. Other advantages are international research and travel opportunities and 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.

The end result is an innovative, industry-responsive and internationally recognized graduate program of the highest caliber.

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Admission Information & Requirements

In order to apply to this program, the following components may be required.

Online Application

All applicants must complete an online application form and pay the application fee to be considered for admission to UBC.

Minimum Academic Requirements

The Faculty of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies establishes the minimum admission requirements common to all applicants, usually a minimum overall average in the B+ range (76% at UBC). The graduate program that you are applying to may have additional requirements. Please review the specific requirements for applicants with credentials from institutions in:

Each program may set higher academic minimum requirements. Meeting the minimum requirements does not guarantee admission as it is a competitve process.

Transcripts

All applicants have to submit transcripts from all past post-secondary study. Document submission requirements depend on whether your institution of study is within Canada or outside of Canada.

English Language Test

Applicants from a university outside Canada in which English is not the primary language of instruction must provide results of an English language proficiency examination as part of their application. Tests must have been taken within the last 24 months at the time of submission of your application.

Minimum requirements for the two most common English language proficiency tests to apply to this program are listed below:

90
22
21
22
21
6.5
6.0
6.0
6.0
6.0

Other Test Scores

Some programs require additional test scores such as the Graduate Record Examination (GRE) or the Graduate Management Test (GMAT). The requirements for this program are:

The GRE is not required.

Letters of Reference

A minimum of three references are required for application to graduate programs at UBC. References should be requested from individuals who are prepared to provide a report on your academic ability and qualifications. 

Statement of Interest

Many programs require a statement of interest, sometimes called a "statement of intent", "description of research interests" or something similar.

Supervision

Students in research-based programs usually require a faculty member to function as their supervisor. Please follow the instructions provided by each program whether applicants should contact faculty members.

This program has not specified whether applicants should reach out to faculty members. Please review the program website for additional details.

Citizenship Verification

Permanent Residents of Canada must provide a clear photocopy of both sides of the Permanent Resident card.

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, modelling, simulation and optimization, fine particle technology, surface chemistry of flotation, plant design and economics, coal preparation technology)

3. Social-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.

Deadline Details

Application Deadline

Deadline to submit online application. No changes can be made to the application after submission.

Transcript Deadline

Deadline to upload scans of official transcripts through the applicant portal in support of a submitted application. Information for accessing the applicant portal will be provided after submitting an online application for admission.

Referee Deadline

Deadline for the referees identified in the application for admission to submit references. See Letters of Reference for more information.

January 2021 Intake

Application Open Date
01 May 2020
Canadian Applicants
Application Deadline: 30 September 2020
Transcript Deadline: 15 October 2020
Referee Deadline: 01 November 2020
International Applicants
Application Deadline: 31 August 2020
Transcript Deadline: 01 September 2020
Referee Deadline: 15 September 2020

May 2021 Intake

Application Open Date
01 May 2020
Canadian Applicants
Application Deadline: 31 January 2021
Transcript Deadline: 15 February 2021
Referee Deadline: 01 March 2021
International Applicants
Application Deadline: 31 December 2020
Transcript Deadline: 01 January 2021
Referee Deadline: 15 January 2021

September 2021 Intake

Application Open Date
01 September 2020
Canadian Applicants
Application Deadline: 31 May 2021
Transcript Deadline: 15 June 2021
Referee Deadline: 01 July 2021
International Applicants
Application Deadline: 30 April 2021
Transcript Deadline: 01 May 2021
Referee Deadline: 15 May 2021

January 2022 Intake

Application Open Date
01 January 2021
Canadian Applicants
Application Deadline: 30 September 2021
Transcript Deadline: 15 October 2021
Referee Deadline: 01 November 2021
International Applicants
Application Deadline: 31 August 2021
Transcript Deadline: 01 September 2021
Referee Deadline: 15 September 2021

May 2022 Intake

Application Open Date
01 May 2021
Canadian Applicants
Application Deadline: 31 January 2022
Transcript Deadline: 15 February 2022
Referee Deadline: 01 March 2022
International Applicants
Application Deadline: 31 December 2021
Transcript Deadline: 01 January 2022
Referee Deadline: 15 January 2022

Tuition & Financial Support

Tuition

FeesCanadian Citizen / Permanent Resident / Refugee / DiplomatInternational
Application Fee$106.00$168.25
Tuition *
Installments per year33
Tuition per installment$1,698.56$2,984.09
Tuition per year
(plus annual increase, usually 2%-5%)
$5,095.68$8,952.27
Int. Tuition Award (ITA) per year (if eligible) $3,200.00 (-)
Other Fees and Costs
Student Fees (yearly)$944.51 (approx.)
Costs of living (yearly)starting at $16,954.00 (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. 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.

Financial Support

Applicants to UBC have access to a variety of funding options, including merit-based (i.e. based on your academic performance) and need-based (i.e. based on your financial situation) opportunities.

Program Funding Packages

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.

All full-time students who begin a UBC-Vancouver PhD program in September 2018 or later will be provided with a funding package of at least $18,000 for each of the first four years of their PhD. The funding package may consist of any combination of internal or external awards, teaching-related work, research assistantships, and graduate academic assistantships. Please note that many graduate programs provide funding packages that are substantially greater than $18,000 per year. Please check with your prospective graduate program for specific details of the funding provided to its PhD students.

 

Scholarships & awards (merit-based funding)

All applicants are encouraged to review the awards listing to identify potential opportunities to fund their graduate education. The database lists merit-based scholarships and awards and allows for filtering by various criteria, such as domestic vs. international or degree level.

Teaching Assistantships (GTA)

Graduate programs may have Teaching Assistantships available for registered full-time graduate students. Full teaching assistantships involve 12 hours work per week in preparation, lecturing, or laboratory instruction although many graduate programs offer partial TA appointments at less than 12 hours per week. Teaching assistantship rates are set by collective bargaining between the University and the Teaching Assistants' Union.

Research Assistantships (GRA)

Many professors are able to provide Research Assistantships (GRA) from their research grants to support full-time graduate students studying under their direction. The duties usually constitute part of the student's graduate degree requirements. A Graduate Research Assistantship is a form of financial support for a period of graduate study and is, therefore, not covered by a collective agreement. Unlike other forms of fellowship support for graduate students, the amount of a GRA is neither fixed nor subject to a university-wide formula. The stipend amounts vary widely, and are dependent on the field of study and the type of research grant from which the assistantship is being funded. Some research projects also require targeted research assistance and thus hire graduate students on an hourly basis.

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.

Cost Calculator

Applicants have access to the cost calculator to develop a financial plan that takes into account various income sources and expenses.

Career Outcomes

31 students graduated between 2005 and 2013: 1 is in a non-salaried situation; for 6 we have no data (based on research conducted between Feb-May 2016). For the remaining 24 graduates:


RI (Research-Intensive) Faculty: typically tenure-track faculty positions (equivalent of the North American Assistant Professor, Associate Professor, and Professor positions) in PhD-granting institutions
TI (Teaching-Intensive) Faculty: typically full-time faculty positions in colleges or in institutions not granting PhDs, and teaching faculty at PhD-granting institutions
Term Faculty: faculty in term appointments (e.g. sessional lecturers, visiting assistant professors, etc.)
Sample Employers in Higher Education
University of Concepcion
Universidade Federal dos Vales do Jequitinhonha e Mucuri
University Adolfo Ibañez
Technical University of Machala
University of Alberta
Curtin University
University of British Columbia
University of Nevada - Reno
Sample Employers Outside Higher Education
Golder Associates (2)
Fluor Canada Ltd.
New Gold Inc.
Amec Foster Wheeler
Cytec-Solvay Group
Rio Tinto
Mosaic Company
SGS Canada
Dr. Jillian Roberts Psychology Corp.
Hatch
Sample Job Titles Outside Higher Education
Owner
Associate, Senior Geotechnical Engineer
Principle Process Specialist
Principal
Research Engineer
Senior Advisor (Natural Resources & Finance)
Senior Metallurgist
Senior Geochemist
Founding Director
Senior Manager
PhD Career Outcome Survey
You may view the full report on career outcomes of UBC PhD graduates on outcomes.grad.ubc.ca.
Disclaimer
This program underwent a name or structural change in the study time frame, and all alumni from the previous program were included in these summaries. These data represent historical employment information and do not guarantee future employment prospects for graduates of this program. They are for informational purposes only. Data were collected through either alumni surveys or internet research.
Career Options

Our graduates have gone into academic environments to become university professors and instructors or moved into industry for positions such as being a technical expert for a mining company, consulting company or supply company as well as mining industry advisors for the financial and banking sector.
 

Enrolment, Duration & Other Stats

These statistics show data for the Doctor of Philosophy in Mining Engineering (PhD). Data are separated for each degree program combination. You may view data for other degree options in the respective program profile.

Enrolment Data

 20192018201720162015
Applications2223181417
Offers10121098
New registrations1010974
Total enrolment4539383327

Completion Rates & Times

This program has a graduation rate of 69.57% based on 23 students admitted between 2006 - 2009. Based on 12 graduations between 2015 - 2018 the minimum time to completion is 3.66 years and the maximum time is 8.16 years with an average of 6.01 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: 10 March 2020]. 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: 27 October 2019].

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)
  • Kunz, Nadja (Decision Analysis, Mining engineering, Hydrology, water resources management, Environmental engineering, Systems engineering, Risk management)
  • Madiseh, Ali (mechanical and energy systems, novel solutions for maximizing energy efficiency, improving system performance, preventing waste of energy, replacing fossil fuels with renewable energies)
  • Miskovic, Sanja (Mineral Processing, Multiphase Systems, Production and Process Optimization, Optimization, Control and Operations Research, Prefeasibility and Pilot Scale, R&D and Innovation, Technological Innovations, Sensors and Devices, 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)
  • Steen, John Thomas (Strategy, Innovation, Network analysis, Projects, Mining industry)

Doctoral Citations

A doctoral citation summarizes the nature of the independent research, provides a high-level overview of the study, states the significance of the work and says who will benefit from the findings in clear, non-specialized language, so that members of a lay audience will understand it.
Year Citation
2020 Dr. Ghaffari Touran investigated one of the main fundamental mechanisms affecting the separation of multi-component ores. She showed how prolonged conditioning and gradual dissolution of salt-type minerals destroy the selectivity of the separation process. Her findings will help to improve product quality in the mineral industry.
2020 Dr. St-Arnault studied the weathering mechanisms of mine waste-rock using automated mineralogy and long-term leachate geochemistry data. This research improves the characterization of mine waste-rock and predictions of mine drainage quality.
2019 Understanding rock structure in engineering is key to building safe structures. Dr. Karimi Sharif developed an approach to better understand the failure mechanisms with naturally fractured rock masses. Her work uses numerical models to simplify the integration of discrete fracture networks and will inform future structural design.
2019 Dr. Nadolski developed an integrated mine-and-mill approach to improve the productivity of block cave mines. He identified and evaluated methods, such as the implementation of grade sensors, to increase cave mine productivity. His work will have significant implications to future copper supply.
2018 Dr. Patsa studied the overlap between geothermal and mineral resources using public information. She developed a decision-making framework that can be used to assess whether geothermal merits consideration as an energy source for a mining project. Her research demonstrates that such an assessment is possible even in the absence of specialist data.
2018 Dr. Stocklin-Weinberg studied training programs for artisanal miners in developing countries. She designed a framework for how to launch, monitor and evaluate training to meet the needs of each unique mining community. Her framework will be used to improve the health, safety, labour conditions and environmental footprint of artisanal miners globally.
2017 Dr. Stokes investigated how First Nations could benefit from LNG projects in northern B.C., while mitigating any negative impacts. Study results showed that initiatives for education, training, employment, good governance, social historical barriers, environmental protection and other supports are needed to ensure long-term sustainability.
2017 Mining makes a significant contribution to society, but can adversely impact the environment and the lives of people living in regions where mining occurs. Dr. Fraser's research demonstrated how the use of an economic theory to create shared value could reduce mining-community conflict and advance the United Nations' Sustainable Development Goals.
2017 Dr. Arianpoo studied the contribution of energy projects to the sustainable development of their host communities. With a focus on geothermal power projects, she designed a sustainable development framework and maturity model. Her work will help industry to implement appropriate sustainable development strategies resulting in good neighbour projects.
2017 Dr. Moghadam-zadeh studied mineral process engineering. She developed a test procedure to evaluate the advantages of high pressure grinding rolls (HPGR), an application for extracting precious compounds. This test procedure will replace conventional techniques with energy-efficient methods in the early stages of industrial project studies.

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Further Program Information

Specialization

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.

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January 2021 Intake

Application Open Date
01 May 2020
Canadian Applicant Deadline
30 September 2020
International Applicant Deadline
31 August 2020

May 2021 Intake

Application Open Date
01 May 2020
Canadian Applicant Deadline
31 January 2021
International Applicant Deadline
31 December 2020

September 2021 Intake

Application Open Date
01 September 2020
Canadian Applicant Deadline
31 May 2021
International Applicant Deadline
30 April 2021

January 2022 Intake

Application Open Date
01 January 2021
Canadian Applicant Deadline
30 September 2021
International Applicant Deadline
31 August 2021

May 2022 Intake

Application Open Date
01 May 2021
Canadian Applicant Deadline
31 January 2022
International Applicant Deadline
31 December 2021
 

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