Quality Management Six Sigma

University of Limerick

Quality Management Six Sigma

This programme forms part of the MSc in Strategic Quality Management Lean Sigma Systems. Those who have completed this programme may continue on to the MSc.

M) Microcreds available:
Modules listed within the Programme Content with an (M) beside them are MicroCreds and can be taken independently.

For Whom
Those who have responsibility for quality or continuous improvement within their organisation including managers, engineers, supervisors and technicians. The programme is suited to a variety of industry sectors both in manufacturing and services, including the public sector.

Students are required to take three taught modules over two semesters. In addition to the taught modules, an in-company project will ensure a strong focus on the integration of the concepts tools and techniques in the participant's organisation during the course of the programme. This course is delivered online but students may be invited on campus for an orientation day (on a Saturday) during their first semester.

In Company Project

Completion of this programme requires a substantial industry-based project, to be reported in the form of a management report.

Six Sigma projects require the application of the concepts covered throughout the programme and carry an expectation of helping participant organisations realise a major benefit. This benefit should be quantifiable in terms of reduction or saving in; defects, over-production, waiting, non-utilised talent, transportation, inventory, motion, and/or extra-processing.

Black Belt

The University of Limerick and several leading Irish companies designed this course to meet the standards of a black belt. While there is no single authority that issues Black Belts in Lean or Six Sigma, the industry group and university carried out extensive research in designing this course to ensure that the course met the general standards that are expected of a Black Belt holder.

Successful participants will receive a letter from the University of Limerick stating that their capability is at black belt level.

Subjects taught

Semester 1
Problem Solving Tools and Techniques
Quality Science Introduction

Semester 2
Six Sigma Project
Quality Science Advanced

Entry requirements

Relevant primary degree (Level 8) or recognised professional qualification and 1-3 years relevant industrial experience.

In the situation where an applicant does not meet the minimum entry requirements above, an offer of a place on the course may be made in exceptional circumstances. The candidate will be required to provide a portfolio of evidence of prior qualifications in quality management together with the application of learning or competence (e.g green/black belt project reports, reflective papers or journals). Two references from appropriate signatories in the candidate's organisation will be accepted as evidence. Candidates may be required to attend an interview prior to enrolling on the programme.

Application dates

What to Include with your Application

Delays in receiving these documents will affect the progress of your application.

- Photo or Scanned original copy of your transcripts for all years of study. (Graduates of UL need only provide us with their Student
ID number.)

- Photo or Scanned copy of passport to verify ID and full legal name.

- A copy of your most recent CV

- Applicants who do not have English as their first language may satisfy English Language requirements:

If your qualifications have been obtained in a country where English is an official language this will suffice

If this is not available, the following additional documents must be provided:

• English translation of your qualification(s)/transcripts
• English language competency certificate


1 year part-time.

Post Course Info

Further Qualifications

This level 9 Professional Diploma counts as 30 credits toward a Masters in Engineering Practice OR Masters in Strategic Quality Management, Lean Sigma Systems.

MSc in Engineering Practice
Professional Diploma in Six Sigma + Other Level 9 Professional Diploma + Thesis

MSc in Strategic Quality Management, Lean Sigma Systems
Professional Diploma in Six Sigma + Professional Diploma in Lean Systems + Enterprise Improvement Project

(M) A MicroCred is a single module within a larger further award (eg. Certificate, Diploma, Masters). By taking a micro-credential you may be eligible to apply for a credit exemption should you progress to study for a further award.

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  • Qualifications

    Minor Diploma (Level 9 NFQ)

  • Attendance type

    Part time

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