Specialist Diploma in Lean & Quality Systems (2018)

National University of Ireland, Galway (DLQ (2018))
Key Programme Details

Specialist Diploma (minor award degree level 8)

NFQ Level

8 About NFQ

Delivery Method



Part Time

ECTS Credits


Skills Area

Generic programmes and qualifications

General Information

Course Administrator




091 49 4060


Centre for Adult Learning & Professional Development,
EDU 1018
NUI Galway,
Nuns' Island,

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About this Course

This one-year, part-time Diploma course aims to promote an in-depth knowledge of the thinking and techniques behind Lean and Quality Systems in the workplace. Participants will gain knowledge of highly effective tools and systems for streamlining products, processes and services. Problem solving skills will be sharpened. A work-based Lean project will require participants to apply their knowledge to real-world scenarios. An appropriate work-placement will be offered to suitable students lasting from 8-12 weeks.

The programme is delivered by blended learning; participants receive learning materials in both online and in hard copy format for each module. Materials are specifically designed for independent study and will be supplemented by supporting online learning resources where appropriate. The course requires attendance at tutorials in NUI Galway once every four weeks, or approximately ten Saturdays, from September to June. Between campus visits participants will interact with tutors and peers via an online learning system.

The course is intended for those who wish to focus their skills with a view to moving into specialist and hybrid lean roles e.g. internal lean consultants, waste minimisation specialists, process optimisation advisors. It will allow those with basic engineering qualifications to up-skill and specialise in lean engineering if taken as a 'top up' course. It will also allow those in declining sectors to convert their skills and transfer their experience to the sector e.g. unemployed manufacturing managers, operatives and technicians. Students will have the opportunity of gaining Green Belt certification as an optional extra.

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. Expertise in Lean and Six Sigma is currently in strong demand across all sectors including -but not limited to- ICT, Manufacturing, Medical Devices, Biopharma-Pharmachem, and lean construction.
If graduates so wish they can progress to the B.Sc. in Science & Technology Studies (NQF level 8) with credit for their studies, though not funded by Springboard+. In this case they will be exempt from one elective stream in the Degree cycle.

Specific Skills:
Expertise in Lean and Six Sigma is required to reduce waste and costs across all services and sectors. In addition to the level 8 academic qualification students can opt for Green Belt certification (at a cost of €200) from Quality America so that they will concurrently achieve an in-demand professional qualification. The Specialist Diploma in Lean and Quality Systems has also received approval from Engineers Ireland for CPD (Continuing Professional Development) credit.
The course will allow those with basic technical qualifications to upskill and specialise in lean engineering if taken as a 'top-up' course. It will also allow those in declining sectors to convert their skills and transfer their experience to the sector e.g. unemployed civil engineers, manufacturing/operations managers, operatives and technicians.

Sample Job Titles
Internal lean consultants,
Waste minimisation specialists,
Process optimisation advisors
Lean Manager
Quality Manager (Identifying opportunities for improvement)
Operations Manager
Production Controller
Process Improvement Team Lead

Entry Requirements

Applicants should have reached the age of 21 years on the 1st of January of the calendar year of entry. Applicants should hold our own Diploma in Science & Technology Studies or a relevant level 7 award. Recognition of Prior Learning may be considered for entry purposes.

Delivery Location

Monthly tutorials will take place in NUI Galway

Delivery Notes


Admissions Contact Details

Centre for Adult Learning and Professional Development


Centre for Adult Learning and Professional Development, National University of Ireland, Galway, Ireland


+353 (0) 91 494060



Application Procedures

Complete application form on www.springboardcourses.ie and upload all necessary documentation including transcripts, proof of employment status, passport photo and identification (passport or drivers license).