The Doctor of Philosophy in Mining Engineering is the terminal degree for those interested in research, problem solving and university teaching. It is comprised of a period of residency, coursework and original research that contributes to the body of knowledge. The Ph.D. research results are reported in a publicly available dissertation and, frequently, in technical journals. The successful Ph.D. candidate will have demonstrated maturity and independence with respect to the research performed. The dissertation shall be distinguished by a level of originality and expertise not likely to be found anywhere else for the particular subject researched.