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Strategic Quality Management, Lean Sigma Systems - MSc

Course Details

Available: Part- Time

Duration: 2 Years

Award: Masters (MSc)

Qualification: NFQ Level 9 Minor Award

Faculty: Science and Engineering

Course Type: Professional/Flexible

Fees: For Information on Fees, see section below.

Application Deadline: Tuesday, August 13, 2019


University of Limerick
061 213360

Brief Description

The course will create graduates that understand the theory and practical application of quality management tools and techniques, with particular emphasis on the areas of Lean and Six Sigma as they would apply to their own organisation. It will educate and train participants in specific quality management skills in both the lean and six sigma domains and in strategic and transferable business skills. A graduate of the programme will be considered a Master Black Belt in Lean and Six Sigma.

For Professionals Who

  • Are responsible for or actively engaged in organisational improvement and development through the use of quality management.
  • Wish to develop a comprehensive understanding of the theory and practical application of quality management tools and techniques.
  • Seek recognition as a Master Black Belt in Lean and Six Sigma.


How It Works

  • This flexible programme lets students take 2 taught modules per semester, in combination with project work, until the programme is completed.
  • 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 seminars linking theory to practice.
  • Completion of a Lean Project and a Six Sigma Project with an enterprise assessment and implementation plan to develop students’ skills in the field of lean sigma


Enterprise Improvement Project

Completion of this programme requires a substantial industry-based project, to be reported in the form of an enterprise assessment and Lean Sigma implementation road map. Projects require the application of the concepts covered throughout the programme and carry an expectation of helping participant organisations realise a verified benefit of approximately €150,000.

  Autumn Semester Spring Semester
Year 1  
  • Lean Thinking/Lean Tools 1
  • Leadership & Change Management


  • Lean Thinking/Lean Tools 2
  • Lean Project/Lean Healthcare Project


Year 2  
  • Quality Science Statistics
  • Advanced Quality Science Statistics


  • Problem Solving Tools & Techniques
  • Six Sigma Project


Summer Enterprise Improvement Project Enterprise Improvement Project


Applicants require a 2.1 degree (NFQ level 8) in any discipline or equivalent and at least three years relevant work experience.

Applicants who have completed the Specialist Diploma in Lean Systems and/or Six Sigma are eligible for exemptions from those modules on this programme.

The cost of the programme is €14,000. This is payable in 4 equal instalments of €3,500 over 4 semesters. There are 2 semesters per year. If an applicant has previously completed a Specialist Diploma in Lean or Six Sigma from U.L, their fee will be reduced accordingly.