Graduate Studies



Strong Reputation

Worldwide, according to U.S. News and World Report, McGill University is ranked #18 and according to the Times Higher Education, #31.  The Mining program has an excellent reputation and our students come from all over the world.

Mining Engineering is a dynamic and vibrant place for you to pursue your graduate studies.

Strong Community

The graduate students in Mining Engineering form a cohesive unit.  There are activities year round to bring the community together and there is a graduate student government which holds events to bring the community together. Mining Engineering is a dynamic and vibrant place for you to pursue your graduate studies.

Broad Research

Professors from the Mining Engineering program have the following research interests:

  • Rock breaking system by rock mass conditioning by Microwave for mechanical excavators and drilling units
  • Development and optimization of mine backfill system
  • Geothermal from Mining operations and oil and gas wells
  • Investigation into drill bit wear and control
  • General rock mechanics, material properties and rock support systems
  • Geostatics
  • Mine Planning Optimization
  • Mine System Optimization
  • Mine Production Scheduling
  • Stochastic Simulation
  • Stochastic Optimization
  • Strategic [Mine] Planning
  • Mineral Economics
  • Reliability and Maintenance Systems
  • Slope Stability
  • Rock Support
  • Destressing
  • Coal Mining
  • Tailings and Dams
  • Mine Ventilation
  • Energy in Mining
  • Transport Processes in Mining
  • Multiphysics Modeling in Mining Engineering
  • Slurry transportation


The department has a strong commitment to supporting graduate students.  Nearly all, of our Ph.D. students have funding usually from: external scholarships and fellowships, MEDA or a professor’s grant.  This funding is sufficient to cover their living expenses.  In addition, many Masters students receive funding as well.

Check out funding opportunities for Graduate Studies.   Canadian Government’s commitment to research and development  revealed an (2013 Federal Budget) increase investment to support the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council (NSERC).  Graduate students and postdoctoral fellows can learn how to apply their specialized expertise to business research challenges through Mitacs.

Career resources

Mining graduate students form a cohesive unit. Activites are planned year round to bring the community together, many of which are organized by a graduate student government. Mining Engineering is a dynamic and vibrant place for you to pursue your graduate studies.

Graduate students have access to resources to learn about hiring opportunities following a degree in advanced studies:

  1. Professor network with industry, government and academia – worldwide
  2. SKILLSETS: free service to Graduate Students and Post-Doctoral Fellows
  3. Mitacs programs: internship / conference services

Good Job Prospects

After receiving your degree, you will have good job opportunities.  All of our professors have industrial connections which can help you land a good job.  In addition, many projects have industrial collaborators which will give you exposure to possible future employers.


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