Graduate Certificate in Global Mine Waste Management

General

Program Description

The Graduate Certificate in Global Mine Waste Management is a unique program for mining industry professionals who want to stay up to date with the latest developments in tailings and mine waste management. Recent high-profile failures of tailings ponds in British Columbia and Brazil underline the vital importance of understanding and implementing best practices in this field. From day one, this part-time certificate enables you to learn from industry leaders and apply the knowledge you’re gaining in your courses to your workplace and mine sites.

A flexible two-year program that integrates with your work.

The graduate certificate program consists of four core courses taken over two consecutive years. Each four-month course consists of a two-week in-person session held at the UBC Vancouver campus and that includes two or three days at a local mining operation. The on-campus sessions bring together industry professionals from across the globe – enabling you to network with your peers and learn best practices from all mining sectors. The course sessions are offered in an online learning environment and are designed so you can continue working full-time while studying. This flexibility allows you to balance your studies and your career – and to immediately begin applying what you’re learning in class to your work as a mining professional. The combination of condensed on-campus sessions and online learning also enables professionals working in remote mining operations to pursue graduate coursework in mining engineering.

Ladder into a MASc or MEng.

Want to continue your post-graduate studies after completing the certificate? You can apply the credits you’ve acquired through this certificate program to a Master of Engineering or Master of Applied Science degree in mining engineering at UBC.

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Program Structure

The 12-credit certificate program provides in-depth knowledge of best practices in mine waste management. Courses in the first year of study focus on advanced mine waste management and site management, while those in the second year explore risk assessment and mine waste management case studies.

Each course is offered in a blended three-part format:

  • Part 1: Online learning (two months)
  • Part 2: Intensive campus session at UBC (two weeks)
  • Part 3: Final project, completed through online learning (six weeks)

Assessment

In the online component of each course, assessments include weekly discussions and online assignments. During the two-week on-campus component, you’ll be assessed through assignments and quizzes. The online portion for each course will include a final project.

Courses

MINE 586 (Advanced Mine Waste Management)

Students will be able to:

  • Develop material characterization programs for mine waste materials;
  • Design an appropriate mine waste management program for a mine; and
  • Outline the basics of a water management system for mine waste management facilities.

MINE 587 (Advanced Mine Site Management)

Students will be able to:

  • Develop a corporate governance and stewardship program for mine waste management;
  • Develop and implement work scopes and responsibilities for the Engineer of Record for a tailings management facility;
  • Compile characterization and mitigation measures of acid drainage and metal leaching based on the appreciation of the geochemistry of mine waste facilities; and
  • Develop and implement mine closure plans for mine waste management facilities.

MINE 588 (Risk Management for Mine Waste Management)

Students will be able to:

  • Identify risks associated with mine waste facilities;
  • Develop risk assessments for mine waste facilities; and
  • Develop risk management plans for mine waste facilities.

MINE 589 (Mine Waste Management Case Studies)

Students will be able to:

  • Develop an understanding of the complexities of the mine waste management field;
  • Develop skills in integrated management; and
  • Develop a better understanding of successes and failures in the industry.

Admission Requirements

This certificate program is designed for mining industry professionals who want to deepen their knowledge of best practices in the field without interrupting their careers.

We’re looking for people who meet the following requirements:

  • Undergraduate degree: Bachelor of Engineering or Bachelor of Applied Science degree in Mining, Civil or Geological Engineering or a related field or Geosciences from a recognized university;
  • GPA: Equivalent of a B+ average (at UBC, this is 76%);
  • Work experience: Three or more years of industry experience in tailings or mine waste management;
  • An English Language Proficiency Test may be required if you completed your degree at a university where the primary language of instruction was not English.

North American admission requirements

Applicants who have a four-year baccalaureate degree (or its academic equivalent) that does not meet the requirements stated above, but who have had significant formal training and relevant professional experience to offset such deficiencies may be granted admission on the recommendation of the NBK Institute of Mining Engineering, with approval of the Master of Engineering Program Office.

International admissions requirements

International applicants are eligible who hold a credential deemed comparable to a Canadian four-year baccalaureate degree and who demonstrate superior academic standing, equivalent to an overall degree standing of B+ (at UBC 76% or higher). UBC has established specific minimum admission requirements for graduates from different countries. You can check the minimum academic requirements by country with us.

Last updated Dec 2020

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