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If you have been searching for a job you will no doubt have been struck by the number of vacancies with ‘Quality’ in the title or job description.

This add-on Postgraduate Diploma (60 Credits, Level 9) is designed for people with an honours degree in Business, Science or Engineering who are interested in pursuing a career in quality management or performance improvement and optimisation.

The purpose of the programme is to fast-track graduates into professional competency levels in key quality areas, identified by the American Society for Quality and The Chartered Quality Institute UK.

Students will have the opportunity to attain high levels of competency in the application of quality management principles for optimising the performance of processes and organisations of all sizes in all sectors of the economy. You will leave the course proficient in areas ranging from Validation through Six-Sigma and Lean.

You will also be capable of working with others in a regulated environment to maximise the potential benefits of these approaches to any organisation in any sector of the economy.

These areas are:
Management systems
Interactions of organisations and
People and monitoring
Control and optimisation

There is significant use of enquiry based learning as part of this programme.

Programme aims:

Provide students with a holistic understanding of the integrated nature of various management systems operating in business

Provide students with the knowledge and skills to enable them to work in the area of quality in heavily regulated sectors such as food, medical devices and pharmaceuticals

Provide the student with the knowledge and skills to enable them to progress within their workplace, i.e. to up skill or cross-skill within their company

Provide students with Level 9 knowledge, skills and competence in line with the National Framework of Qualifications

Provide students with the leadership and communications skills required to work at relatively senior levels in the area of quality

Support the development of the regulated manufacturing environment in the region

Entry requirements

Honours Degree (H2.2) in Science, Engineering or Business


2 Years Part Time

This is a two year, part-time course (Fridays 2-10pm)

The course is delivered in the GMIT Galway Campus, Dublin Road, Galway. The room will be advised on the Notice Board in Reception.

Further enquiries

Course details
Seamus Lennon
Head of Department
Tel : 091 742 081

Peter Butler
Lifelong Learning Coordinator
Tel: 091 742 328

Mary Russell
Lifelong Learning Centre,
Northern Entrance, GMIT, Dublin Road
Tel: 091 742 081

Subjects taught

Programme Modules

Management systems and frameworks (5 Credits, Level 9)
Validation and Risk Management (5 Credits, Level 9)
Learning and Leadership in Quality (5 Credits, Level 9)
Six Sigma Management (5 Credits, Level 9)
Applied Statistics (5 Credits, Level 9)
Statistical Quality Control (5 Credits, Level 9)
Regulatory and Compliance Management (5 Credits, Level 9)
Leading Transformational Change (5 Credits, Level 9)
System Simulation Modelling (5 Credits, Level 9)
Design of Experiments (5 Credits, Level 9)
Metrology, Verification & Calibration (5 Credits, Level 9)
LEAN value stream optimisation (5 Credits, Level 9)

Application date

Closing Date for Applications

Friday, 15th September, 2017. If all places are taken on the course the status of the course will change from “Open for Applications” to “Course Full”.

Application Process

Either complete and return an Application Form or phone the Lifelong Learning Centre on 091 742145 to complete an application form over the phone.

Course fee


Total fee (Tuition Fee plus Student Contribution) for the full 60 Credit Programme is €6,000, payable as €3,000 in September 2017 and €3,000 in September 2018. Fees are payable in one instalment per year. Payment by Credit Card, Debit Card, Bank Draft or Postal Order (made payable to GMIT). Payment in cash not possible. A 50% reduction in (Tuition & Student Contribution) fee applies to people in receipt of payments from the Department of Social Protection. Fees are fully refundable up to the day the course starts, thereafter there are no refunds.

Student Cards
Students who enrol for this Programme will qualify for issuing of a GMIT Student ID Card. However if you are undertaking only individual modules within the Programme you will not qualify for issuing of a GMIT Student ID Card.

Enrolment and start dates

The course commences the week commencing Monday, 18th September, 2017.

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