Established in 1845, NUI Galway is one of
Ireland's foremost centres of academic excellence. With over 17,000 students
and more than 2,200 staff, NUI Galway has a distinguished reputation for
teaching and research excellence. It offers a wide range of undergraduate and
postgraduate degrees and diplomas of international standard, which provide
students with opportunities for personal and academic development, as well as
giving them the knowledge and skills they need to pursue successful careers.
The specialist diploma awards are particularly suitable for students requiring medium-term upskilling for career advancement or for those interested in focused study in this subject area for personal or topical interest. The specialist diplomas are linked to the degree cycle of the modular programme in Science & Technology Studies which allow students to specialise by choosing from a range of electives. These elective modules are also available as independent awards which students may take for the purposes of upskilling or retraining in the area of Automation & Control, Medical Device Science or Lean & Quality Systems.
Each specialist diploma consists of four inter-related taught modules and a project (chosen in consultation with their project supervisor), to allow individuals to up-skill in a particular area or study in a highly focused area of interest.
Lean & Quality Systems: Lean & Quality Systems: Lean Thinking / Lean Tools; Quality Science – Six Sigma; Problem Solving Tools and Techniques; Enterprise Modelling and Simulation; Project.
The Centre for Adult Learning and
Professional Development aims to advance the lifelong learning needs of adult
learners. CALPD provides continuing professional development opportunities to
the region through the delivery of higher education qualifications and
stand-alone CPD modules. We serve four groups of people: professionals who wish
to upskill; employers who want to develop the skills of their staff;
professional bodies that manage accreditation for their members; and course
coordinators who deliver training.
One year part time.
Assessment & certification
Expertise in Lean and Six Sigma is currently in strong demand across all sectors. On completion of the course, graduates will have highly marketable, up-to-date and confidence-building knowledge and skills relevant to product, process and service optimisation and improvement. They will have practiced, and been assessed on, a range of technical and transferable skills which will be beneficial at the personal, enterprise and community levels. If graduates so wish they can progress to the BSc in Science and Technology Studies (NFQ Level 8) with credit for their studies. In this case they will be exempt from one elective stream in the Degree cycle.
Who should attend
The specialist diplomas are primarily intended for students who already have a Science or Engineering related diploma or degree and who wish to up-skill or become expert in one of the specialist areas as offered through these one-year diploma courses.