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Mining is the foundation of modern industrial civilization and so much so that, other than for the growing of agricultural products for which mined products such as potash are a necessity, the raw ingredients for everything else in our modern lives comes from mining.   These ingredients include the minerals in your toothpaste, the plastic cases and gold circuits in your computers, the metal components of your automobiles, the jewellery that you wear and even the salt on your dinner table that you use to season your food.

The field of mining engineering combines one-part technical design and one-part business management, where mining engineers are responsible for deciding the value of a mineral deposit and and how best to mine it, planning the day-to-day scheduling of mining operations to maximize mineral extraction and profit, and ensuring the safety of people and equipment through applications in areas such as mine ventilation, rock mechanics, mechanization, automation and remote sensing.

From its inauguration in 1893, Mining Engineering at Queen’s has held a significant position in the Canadian mineral industry and is a recognized world leader in both undergraduate and graduate student study in this discipline. Our teaching and laboratory facilities enhance graduate research capabilities in a wide variety of subject areas ranging from rock mechanics, mine environmental studies, robotics and automation, computer modelling, mineral processing to explosives design and testing.  

The Robert M. Buchan Department of Mining welcomes your interest in participating in the graduate study program of this Department and hopes that you are 
able to explore the opportunities that will become available to you should you wish to become part of the Mining family at Queen’s University.