BSC in Quality and Lean Management (September 2019)

Athlone Institute of Technology (LL Online)
Key Programme Details

Bachelor of Science in Quality Management

NFQ Level

7 About NFQ

Delivery Method

Online, Mixed


Part Time

ECTS Credits



Lifelong Learning

General Information

Janine King



090 6483050


Department of Lifelong Learning, Athlone Institute of Technology, Dublin Road, Athlone, Co Westmeath.


Course Co-ordinator

Important Dates
Application Deadline


Start Date


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About this Course

PLEASE NOTE - this course is currently closed for applications as it is fully subscribed.
All places have been offered to applicants and pending the responses to these offers, if there are places available applications for this course will reopen in the week of 19th August.

This programme is aimed at those already working in a quality-related function, or aspiring to do so. The programme covers the management principles necessary for the achievement of customer satisfaction from a quality and lean management perspective in a way that makes an enterprise competitive. Developed in association with industry leaders, this specialist course promotes a critical awareness of the most recent advances in the field of Quality and Lean Management.

It is designed to apply across all industries however in recent times companies in the Med-Technology and Bio Pharma industries have been to the forefront in seeking this qualification. Their objective to reskill or upskill existing employees to take up roles in the area quality and lean management. It is also suitable for unemployed persons that meet the entry requirements.


On successful completion of this programme the learner will have detailed knowledge of:
- Quality management frameworks and standards.
- The interpretation of regulations and guidelines for the pharmaceutical, bio-pharmaceutical, medical device sectors and other regulated industries.
- The role of quality managers and quality supervisors in promoting and managing quality within an organisation.
- Specific statistical process control tools that are used to identify quality issues.
- Management systems and laboratory practices.
- The use of auditing techniques to identify non-compliance issues.
- Lean Six Sigma and its application across industries.

Entry Requirements

Mature applicants over 23 years of age who have completed the Certificate in Operations, Quality and Lean Management (L6) or equivalent recognised qualification with five years relevant work experience.

Long Description

- Applied Lean Six Sigma : The application of Lean processing, Lean Six Sigma and the DMAIC problem solving approach.
- Project Management: Fundamentals of project management, steps involved in managing a project from concept to
- Organisational Behaviour: The interrelationship between the individual, the group dynamic and the internal environment
- Change Management: The knowledge and skills relating to basic project and change management
- Good Manufacturing Practice : Explore the relationship between GXP and Quality Assurance using a Total Quality
Management model
- Quality Methodologies and Management: Explore ways of tailoring techniques to the needs and development stage of
individual organisations
- Project - Six Sigma: Applied Research Project on industry in the areas of Lean Six Sigma
- Service Quality: An assessment of how well a delivered service conforms to the client's expectations

Career Opportunities

This degree programme provides a pathway into roles initially such as Quality Technician or Engineer. Many graduates go on to become quality managers, or pursue specialist careers within the Quality Profession, for example vendor engineer, validation specialist or quality systems manager. They may also branch out into related areas in their organisation such as production management, supply chain management or marketing.

Timetable Info

One year online.

Two evenings per week online 7.00pm to 9.00pm.

PLUS three Saturdays (face to face classes/workshops in AIT) per semester.

Please note there will be Induction in AIT on Saturday 21 September 2019 - this is compulsory for all applicants.

Delivery Location

Online and Main Campus, AIT.

Delivery Notes

Blended Delivery - this course will be delivered mostly online with some face to face classroom based workshops.

Admissions Contact Details
Contact Person

Janine King, Department of Lifelong Learning


Department of Lifelong Learning, Athlone Institute of Technology, Dublin Road, Athlone, Co Westmeath.


090 6483050


Application Procedures

Applications to be made only on

This programme is free to those in receipt of qualifying Social Welfare Payments and Returners - see details below.

This programme is 90% funded for those in employment, students that fall into this category must pay a fee of €510. This fee becomes payable when you accept a place if offered.

When making your application (or as soon as possible after) you MUST EMAIL to a brief recent CV and a scan / photo of one of the following documents to demonstrate your eligibility to be offered a place on the programme:
1) If you are employed: a recent payslip / most recent P60 / letter from my employer confirming this (amounts may be redacted from financial documents).
2) If you are unemployed: a DSP payment slip / letter from DSP confirming your payment type/what you are signing for.
3) If you are a returner who has been on home or other caring duties for 9 of the last 12 months OR you are economically dependent on a partner or spouse and I have been unemployed for 9 of the last 12 months you must supply a notarised affidavit confirming this (a template for this is available here:
4) If you were previously self employed: a letter/statement from Revenue stating that I am no longer trading or a similar letter from my
(former) accountant.

Applications that do not EMAIL the relevant documentation cannot be assessed for a place on the programme, and places are limited, so it is imperative that you EMAIL all necessary documentation when making your application or as soon as possible after.

With regard to eligibility for a place on this programme, if offered a place you will also be asked to declare that you have lived in an EU country for three years out of the last five in addition to the requirements above.

You must also upload a copy of your highest/most relevant qualification, as per the entry requirements above to the application system.

Please contact Maria Slevin, Lifelong Learning, AIT if you have any queries in relation to this - email tel 0906483052

The personal data being collected is required for assessing your eligibility for a place on this programme. If you are successful and accept an offer of a place then the details required for registration will be retained in line with our Student Privacy Policy – Your redacted payslip/ P60 record will be held securely by the Lifelong Learning Department for at least 6 years, in line with ESF funding requirements. If you are not successful, or if you withdraw from the programme within six weeks of commencement, your data will be destroyed securely.