It is a well known fact that Canada is home to some of the best universities in the world. According to the Times Higher Education’s World University Rankings 2016 – 2017, 26 Canadian institutions are counted amongst the world’s best.

However for those wanting to pursue a career in mineral and mining engineering, it’s hard to know which university to go to in Canada. If you are considering a career in mineral and mining engineering, but are not sure where to study in Canada, it may be worth taking a look at the QS World University Rankings by Subject 2016.

The QS World University Rankings by Subject 2016, highlights the world’s top universities for mineral and mining engineering. These rankings are based on a broad spectrum of academic areas, where they have drawn on major global surveys of not only academics but also of numerous employers as well as using research citation data.

The first edition of the mineral and mining engineering rankings highlighted the world’s top 100 mining engineering schools, which spread across 26 countries.

According to their results the 3 top mining engineering schools are led by 3 universities based in the USA. These are the Colorado School of Mines, Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) and Stanford University. The USA also boasts another of its universities the University of Califronia, Berkely which is ranked in the top 10.

The United Kingdom came in with 3 universities in the  top 10 including the University of Cambridge, the University of Oxford and Imperial College of London. The University of Queensland in Australia also featured in the top 10, along with ETH Zurich (Swiss Federal Institute of Technology), the University of Hong Kong, and the University of Tokyo in Japan.

Falling just short of the  top 10 universities, Canada’s top mining engineering schools were McGill University which came in 13th and the University of British Columbia which came in 14th.

Both are world class universities and wonderful options for those wanting to consider a career in mining.

McGill is one of the best universities in the world, it is located in Montreal, Quebec and was founded in 1821. McGill’s department of Mining Engineering was created in 1870 and is the oldest mining school in Canada. The Mining Engineering program is known for its excellence in research and boasts some of top graduates, many of whom have gone on to hold key positions in the mining industry.

The University of British Columbia established in 1915 is also a world renowned university with a reputation for excellence.  With campuses in both Vancouver and Okanagan, the University of British Columbia has an excellent reputation worldwide. Its Mining Engineering degree is world class and the UBC Coal and Minerals Laboratory is fully equipped for teaching and research and the program has produced mining engineers that are of top caliber.

Keep in mind that Canada has many amazing universities and that it is has a very well established reputation and position amongst the world’s leading study destinations. Canada with its total of 26 universities that feature in the QS World University Rankings 2018, has a huge selection of universities that would offer you a world class education.


4 Responses to “The top universities to study mineral and mining engineering in Canada”

  1. Hafeni

    Question, let me say I have acquired my Mining degree in my home land Namibia, Africa but want to do my masters in Canada what are the possibilities that i will get accepted?
    And the other one is, with my mining degree from Namibia will i get a job in Canada?

    • Susan Kihn

      Hi Saravanan. Thank you for the message. I am not sure where in the world you are based. However I would suggest that you contact some of the reputable colleges and universities and ask them their advise. Also if you know people in the industry in the area you live, who have studied mining you may want to get their opinion. Good luck with this. Regards. Susan.


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