Specialist Diploma in Lean & Quality Systems

NUI Galway 285

Organisation profile

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.

Training aim

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.

Learning objectives

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.

Course outline

Lean & Quality Systems: Lean & Quality Systems: Lean Thinking / Lean Tools; Quality Science – Six Sigma; Problem Solving Tools and Techniques; Enterprise Modelling and Simulation; Project.

Trainer's profile

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.

Course duration

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.