Doctor of Philosophy in Mining Engineering (PhD)

Quick Facts

Degree
Doctor of Philosophy
Subject
Engineering
Mode of delivery
On campus
Registration options
Full-time
Specialization
Mining Engineering
Program Components
Dissertation
Faculty
Faculty of Applied Science
 

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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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.

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 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.
 

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
Applications1417201412
Offers981044
New registrations74644
Total enrolment3327282532

Completion Rates & Times

This program has a graduation rate of 70% based on 10 students admitted between 2004 - 2007. Based on 12 graduations between 2013 - 2016 the minimum time to completion is 4.00 years and the maximum time is 8.16 years with an average of 5.77 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)

Recent Doctoral Citations

  • Dr. Debra Mary Stokes
    "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." (November 2017)
  • Dr. Sanaz Moghadam Zadeh
    "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." (November 2017)
  • Dr. Nastaran Arianpoo
    "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." (November 2017)
  • Dr. Jocelynn Ruth Fraser
    "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." (November 2017)
  • Dr. Jiajie Li
    "Dr. Li examined the physical, structural and chemical properties of mine waste in various milling environments. Specifically, she looked at how the serpentine group of minerals effects the activation of the partially-serpentinized olivine minerals. Her findings assist us in achieving more effective milling methods." (May 2017)

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January 2018 Intake

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

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