Doctor Of Philosophy Programme In Mineral Engineering

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14.1 Entry Requirements
• A candidate shall hold a Master's degree or its equivalent, from a recognised institution and shall submit evidence of adequate training and ability to undertake the proposed programme
• A candidate who does not hold a Master's degree shall first register for a Master's degree by research. If he/she proves himself/herself to be of sufficient caliber by the end of the first year of the programme, he/she may be recommended to register for the PhD degree; this registration shall be deemed retrospective from the date of the original registration for the Master's degree
• A candidate, who does not satisfy the requirements stated above but is otherwise adjudged suitable, may be admitted

For the purpose of assessing his/her suitability, such a candidate may be interviewed or required to take an entrance examination, or both as directed by the School of Postgraduate Studies on the recommendation of the Departmental Board.

14.2 Programme Duration

Subsequent to duration, the candidate shall pursue a full-time programme of study and research for at least two years, except that:

• A candidate fully engaged in advanced study and research for his/her degree, who, before registration, was engaged in research to the satisfaction of the Department concerned, may be exempted for not more than one academic year.
• In special circumstances, the Department may recommend that a candidate be allowed to spend not more than one academic year of his/her programme in advanced study research at another institution, provided that his/her work can be supervised in a manner satisfactory to the Department and the School of Postgraduate Studies.
• A Full-Time candidate who is engaged in research for the degree shall present himself/herself for examination not later than three years from the date of his/her registration.
• A Part-Time candidate shall present himself/herself for examination not later than four years from the date of registration.

In special cases, an extension of these time limits may be granted on the recommendation of the Department.

14.3 Areas of Research
A candidate may be required to audit appropriate course(s)/modules and also submit a thesis under the supervision of an academic staff in any of the following areas of research:
• Mine Water Characterization
• Mine Water Management
• Aqueous Processes and Studies
• Water Quality
• Environmental Monitoring and Management
• Gold Benefication
• Biohydrometallurgy
• Environmental Biotechnology
• Geometallurgy
• Acid Mine Drainage
• Microwave Processing
• Plant Design
• Materials Engineering
• Industrial Waste Management

14.4 Available Resources
a) Academic Staff

The Department has qualified staff to manage the programme (see list of academic staff and their areas of specialisation)

b) Equipment
The Department has good laboratory facilities for physical mineral separation. Other facilities needed to run the programme can be accessed from allied industries and universities in the country.

c) Reading Materials

The Department and University libraries have relevant books and computer facilities. Students can use these facilities to access information.

13.5 Employment Opportunities
There are employment opportunities in the following areas:
• The Universities and other Educational and Research Institutions
• Environmental Protection Agencies
• Financial Institutions
• Minerals Commission
• Large and Small Scale Mining and Allied Companies
• Other Government and Non-Governmental Organisations

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