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Quality Management, Lean Systems - Specialist Diploma

Course Details

Available: Part- Time

Duration: 1 Year

Award: Specialist Diploma

Qualification: NFQ Level 9 Minor Award

Faculty: Science and Engineering

Course Type: Taught Professional/Flexible

Fees: For Information on Fees, see section below.


University of Limerick
061 213360
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Brief Description

This Lean Black Belt course aims to develop participants' process improvement skills.  The diploma will provide education and practical application to a Black Belt level in Lean.  The course will enable participating companies gain competitive advantage through the application of Lean principles to drive improvement with measurable results.  A company-based project will form a key element of the programme, ensuring the integration of the various concepts in the participants’ workplace.  It will provide participants with a practical application of Lean tools and techniques within their own organisation.

This project will need to result in significant improvements for participating company.

This programme forms part of the MSc in Strategic Quality Management Lean Sigma Systems.  Those who have completed this programme may continue on to the MSc.

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For Whom

  • The Diploma is aimed at managers, engineers, supervisors and technicians who have responsibility for quality or continuous improvement within their organisations and also those who wish to develop knowledge and skills in the area of Lean systems.
  • Are responsible for or actively engaged in organisational improvement and development through the use of quality management. tools and techniques.
  • Seek recognition as a Black Belt in Lean.


How It Works

  • This flexible programme lets students take three taught modules over two semesters. In addition to the taught modules, there will be a strong focus on the integration of the concepts tools and techniques in the participant’s organisation during the course of the programme.
  • Course delivery combines traditional distance education with online learning and approximately three on-campus days per semester.
  • Talks by industry/professional experts who will deliver a seminar linking theory to practice.


Lean Project

Completion of this programme requires a substantial industry-based project, to be reported in the form of a management report. Projects require the application of the concepts covered throughout the programme and carry an expectation of helping participant organisations realise verified savings benefit of approximately €75,000.

Autumn Semester Spring Semester
  • Lean Thinking/Lean Tools 1
  • Leadership & Change Management
  • Lean Thinking/Lean Tools 2
  • Lean Project/Lean Healthcare Project

Further Qualifications

Specialist Diploma in Lean Systems
Specialist Diploma in Six Sigma
Enterprise Improvement Project
MSc Qualification


Relevant primary degree (Level 8) or recognised professional qualification and 1-3 years relevant industrial experience.

In the situation where an applicant does not meet the minimum entry requirements above, an offer of a place on the course may be made in exceptional circumstances. The candidate will be required to provide a portfolio of evidence of prior qualifications in quality management together with the application of learning or competence (e.g green/black belt project reports, reflective papers or journals). Two references from appropriate signatories in the candidate’s organisation will be accepted as evidence. Candidates may be required to attend an interview prior to enrolling on the programme

The current fees for this programme are €5250 and are payable in instalments.

The programme is fully funded for jobseekers and returners. 90% funding is available to full time workers under the Springboard+ 2019 criteria. See website for eligibility details.