Anything that isn’t grown or that doesn’t come from the earth’s water system has been mined. Whether it’s traditional materials such as gold and diamonds, building materials such as iron, fuel such as coal, oil, and uranium, battery materials such as nickel and lithium, potash for fertilizer, elements used in technology to make powerful components in your computer or innovations in health science, they all have to be mined.
It’s the expertise and know-how of mining engineers that makes it possible to access those raw materials and refine them into the useful objects that we as a society rely upon in our day-to-day lives. While mining has been around for thousands of years, today’s mining engineers are challenged more than ever before to figure out where valuable deposits are located and how to extract them safely and efficiently. Mining continues to be essential for obtaining the materials needed to meet our ever-evolving technological advancements, and is committed to sustainability, safety, and the protection of our planet. Mining operations are located all over the world, often in remote places where most people would not have the opportunity to travel or visit.
McGill’s Department of Mining Engineering is the oldest mining school in Canada, known for its excellence in research and the quality of its graduates. A wide range of scholarships and funding is available to students at the undergraduate and graduate levels.
We offer two language options in our undergraduate program: a Bilingual Stream in collaboration with Ecole Polytechnique, as well as an English Stream for out-of-province and international students. The undergraduate co-op program provides the opportunity to gain work experience while studying through three, paid work terms. Students are admitted automatically to the co-op program, however, they can later choose to graduate without co-op, i.e. without having to complete all three coop work terms. For more information, visit our Undergraduate Studies page.
The graduate program is known for its excellence in research, the quality of its students, and the strength of its ties with leading companies in the mining industry. Graduate students in Mining Engineering come from all over the world to work with top researchers in a wide variety of fields associated with mining, and benefit from numerous funding opportunities and career resources, as well as from the tight-knit, community aspect of the graduate program.
We think Mining Engineering is one of the most exciting and rewarding fields of study you can pursue. But don’t just take our word for it, check out what our Alumni have to say about their experience.