Bachelor of Applied Science in Mining Engineering

A cross-disciplinary approach to mining that covers a diverse range of subjects.

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Program Outline

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Our graduates are technology smart, innovative, and responsible leaders.

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Being a mining engineer is about a lot more than rocks, minerals, and hard hats. The opportunities are vast and varied, with graduates of the undergraduate program in Mining Engineering going on to lead exciting careers that are both meaningful and rewarding.

Mining engineers address a wide range of challenges, from building mines in remote areas or at large depths to finding ways to reduce the environmental and social impact of mining operations. At UBC, you’ll be equipped to meet these challenges and be prepared to participate in the many significant opportunities available in the global mining industry.

The Norman B. Keevil Institute of Mining Engineering is one of the most active engineering schools in the world, with the Mining Engineering program consistently ranked among the top in Canada. We offer a broad professional degree program that integrates courses on engineering principles, earth sciences, and mining and mineral processing with content covering health, safety, management, economics, and environmental and social issues. The integration is done by means of case studies, field trips, guest speakers and design projects.

We are committed to creating an environment that generates highly qualified people who have practical training and experience using new technology and innovative mining practices.

NBK Institute of Mining Engineering Graduates attract the highest salaries of all engineering disciplines.

Program Outline

Undergraduate Curriculum Picture

First year: All UBC Engineering students complete a common, foundation year consisting of courses in general engineering, math, chemistry, and physics.

Second year: The “engineering science” year with courses in mathematics, statistics, earth science, fluid, solid and soil mechanics, and electric circuits. Mining students are introduced to the basic concepts of mining, mineralogy, and mineral processing.

Third year: Development of skills in applying engineering science to mining and mineral processing systems. Application areas include rock mechanics, surface and underground mine design, physical mineral processing methods, and flotation. Modeling and simulation methods are introduced.

Fourth year: More advanced applications in underground mine ventilation, rock mechanics design, mineral process control, automation, mine waste management, and mine environmental engineering. In a two-term capstone course you will work in a team on a real design project.

Electives: There are 15 credits of elective courses available in third and fourth year. These include block cave mining, strategy and management, mine finance, precious metals processing, indigenous peoples and mining, materials handling, and maintenance engineering. You can also take courses from other engineering or science departments.

Complementary studies: These are 20 credits of courses taken in all degrees in Applied Science. Courses include technical communications (6), humanities or social science (6), engineering economics (3), impact of technology on society (3), and engineering law and ethics (2). A maximum of three credits in a language course can be used to satisfy the humanities and social science requirement. A language course is recommended for mining students since it is a global industry. Details at Course Planning – Engineering Academic Services (ubc.ca)

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Coop: This is available to all engineering students and provides up to 20 months of paid, relevant engineering work experience during your degree. The details are given at Prospective Students – Engineering Co-op (ubc.ca) Mining companies across Canada provide a variety of coop work opportunities for mining students.

Minors and options: These are described at Minors and Options | UBC Engineering. Although these take more time to complete (ranging from one term to a year) they are an excellent way to incorporate significant (i.e., not introductory) content into your degree. In the past mining students have done the Commerce Minor, the Arts (Economics) minor, and one did a dual degree in Visual Arts and Engineering. A Data Science minor should be available in 2021.

Educational & Fun: Every year, the 4th year graduating class plans and raises funds for a field trip to a mining region somewhere in the world. In the past destinations have included Australia, Brazil, Chile, China, Nevada, Poland, Portugal, Spain, and Turkey. A lot is learned on these trips about how the mines operate in different countries.

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Financial Aid

We strongly believe in supporting our students in achieving their academic goals. Final-year undergraduate students are also eligible for the Howard A. Steane Memorial Award.

Undergraduate Co-op

Our co-op program consists of two 8-month and one 4-month work term. This program requires five years to complete instead of the conventional four.

About half of our students participate in the co-op program, with the co-op office placing students in mining engineering-type jobs with companies around the world.

Students can apply to the UBC Applied Science Co-op program which provides an excellent opportunity to develop technical skills, make industry connections, gain firsthand experience, test out career options and apply classroom learning to real-world problems.

The industrial experience periods extend the duration of undergraduate studies by 12 to 16 months. Among the many positive outcomes of participation in the Co-op program are:

  • Up to 20 months of paid, relevant work experience
  • Opportunities to develop a network of industry contacts and be mentored by professionals in your field
  • Up to 12 months of work credit towards your Engineer in Training status
  • Opportunities to master your job-search skills, including learning how to create powerful resumes and cover letters and improving your success in interview
  • A competitive advantage when you are applying for jobs after graduation
  • Opportunities to work across Canada or around the world

Please visit UBC Applied Science Co-op for more information.


Undergraduate Professional Development

Enhance your undergraduate experience and community network by attending a workshop, joining an engineering team or club, mentoring a fellow student, and many more professional development opportunities.

Opportunities for undergraduate students include:

Students also have access to a variety of online career resources to help with career exploration and job search.

Learn more on APSC Experiential Learning Hub.

UBC Mining Teams

The UBC Underground Mine Rescue Team (AKA “the Team”) is made up of undergraduate students from the Norman B. Keevil Institute of Mining Engineering.

These dedicated individuals have committed much personal time and effort to learning, executing, and upholding the utmost safety standards.

Field Trips

It wouldn’t be an exaggeration to say that for many of our students, their fourth-year field trip is one of the best experiences of their lives.

Past field trips, along with their location and report, are listed below.

2023AustraliaReport Link
2022Eastern Canada
2019Sweden & FinlandReport Link
2018PeruReport Link
2017South Africa & BotswanaReport Link
2016ChileReport Link
2014PolandReport Link
2013IndonesiaReport Link
2012TurkeyReport Link
2011BrazilReport Link
2010Portugal & SpainReport Link
2009AustraliaReport Link
2008Chile 4Report Link
2008Chile 3Report Link
2008Chile 1Report Link
2007China 5Report Link
2007China 4Report Link
2007China 3Report Link
2007China 1Report Link
2006PolandReport Link
2005BrazilReport Link

Looking for more information?

You can reach out to us at info@mining.ubc.ca with any questions you may have regarding our programs. We’re always more than happy to help.