Mineral Resource Engineering

Mineral Resource Engineering concentrates on the technical, environmental and economic aspects of the extraction and processing of the earth's mineral resources. It has a strong industrial and research interest in underground and surface mining for coal, oil shales, metals, gold and industrial minerals, and in mineral processing. Studies in reservoir engineering, offshore drilling and production of oil and gas complement the program. Mineral Resource Engineering prepares engineers for a career in advanced mine design and planning, rock mechanics, ground control, processing techniques and drilling engineering.

The Master of Engineering (MEng) degree is primarily intended for those seeking to enhance their depth and breadth of engineering knowledge beyond the bachelor's level and who will subsequently be involved in day-to-day design activities. Credit for the degree comes from a combination of coursework (seven courses) plus a design project and seminar. Students are required to give an oral presentation of their project results. MEng program can be completed on a part-time basis.

The Master of Applied Science (MASc) degree is generally more appropriate for students interested in pursuing a career in research and development. The program of study consists of four courses, a seminar, and a research thesis. The thesis results must be summarized and defended in an oral presentation. In most cases, full-time students complete all the requirements for a Master's degree in 16 to 24 months.

The most extensive exposure to research is provided through the Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) degree. Students accepted to the PhD program normally have an MASc degree indicating "excellent" knowledge and research ability. The major study requirement is a thesis based on original research, the results of which are given in written thesis and defended in an oral examination. The thesis work is complemented by a minimum of four courses and a seminar. Candidates must pass a written and oral Comprehensive Examination following completion of their coursework. The University requires at least two years (24 months) of full-time attendance.  

Length of programs

  • MEng - typical time to complete is 2 years
  • MASc - typical time to complete is 2 years
  • PhD - typical time to complete is 3-4 years

Research areas

The Mineral Resource Engineering Program at Dalhousie University offers graduate studies in mining engineering, with specializations in:

  • Mine design and planning
  • Rock mechanics and ground control
  • Mineral processing
  • Petroleum engineering
  • Mining geology

Our graduate program is designed to conduct both basic and applied research. Many projects are conducted in collaboration with and funded by industry.