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New Ranking of the World’s Top Mining Engineering Schools

By Laura Bridgestock

Updated March 25, 2020 Updated March 25, 2020

Discover the top mineral and mining engineering schools based on the QS World University Rankings by Subject 2020.

Among six new tables added to the QS World University Rankings by Subject for 2016 is a new ranking of the world’s top universities for mineral and mining engineering. This new ranking of top mining engineering schools is led by three US-based institutions: Colorado School of Mines, Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) and Stanford University.

The QS World University Rankings by Subject assesses the world’s leading institutions in a broad spectrum of academic areas, drawing on major global surveys of academics and employers, alongside research citations data.

This first edition of the mineral and mining engineering ranking highlights the world’s top 100 mining engineering schools, spread across 26 different countries. US institutions account for almost a quarter (24) of these top 100 mining engineering departments, while the UK and Australia each have nine representatives, closely followed by Canada with eight entries.

Top 10 Mining Engineering Schools in 2016

Based on the QS World University Rankings by Subject 2016


Colorado School of Mines

United States


Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT)

United States


Stanford University

United States


University of Cambridge

United Kingdom


University of Oxford

United Kingdom


University of California, Berkeley

United States


Imperial College London

United Kingdom


ETH Zurich (Swiss Federal Institute of Technology)



University of Hong Kong

Hong Kong


University of Queensland (UQ)



University of Tokyo


See the full ranking of the world’s top mining engineering schools >


Just outside of the top 10, Canada’s top mining engineering schools are claimed by McGill University (13th) and the University of British Columbia (14th). The top 20 also features China’s Peking University (17th), and Chile’s Universidad de Chile (18th).

Other countries with at least one representative in the top 50 include France, Singapore, Germany, Russia, the Netherlands, Brazil, Argentina, South Korea, Saudi Arabia and Taiwan – a truly global spread of leading mining schools.

Published annually, the QS World University Rankings by Subject aims to help prospective students identify high-performing and highly reputed institutions in their chosen field. In response to growing demand for these subject-level comparisons, QS is working to add more subjects to the list each year. Within the engineering and technology sector, the new mining ranking joins existing tables dedicated to chemical engineering, civil engineering, computer science, electrical engineering and mechanical engineering.

This article was originally published in March 2016 . It was last updated in March 2020

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