Lean Sigma Systems

The course will create graduates that understand the theory and practical application of quality management tools and techniques, with particular emphasis on the areas of Lean and Six Sigma as they would apply to their own organisation. It will educate and train participants in specific quality management skills in both the lean and six sigma domains and in strategic and transferable business skills. A graduate of the programme will be considered a Master Black Belt in Lean and Six Sigma.

For Whom:

The MSc is designed for those with a responsibility for/or actively engaged in organisational improvement and development through the use or intended use of quality management, lean or six sigma methodologies. The programme is suited to a variety of industry sectors both in manufacturing and services, including the public sector.


•Master Content to Master Black Belt standard
•On-line interactive and non-interactive content
•Flexible course progression
•Moderated e-discussion boards
•On-line & email-tutor support
•Supplement face-to face tutorial sessions
•Peer supported study groups (on-line and off-line)
•Work based project- industrial mentor and academic supervisor
•Professionally designed learning material

Enterprise Improvement Project:
Programme completion requires a substantial industry based project. The expectation that the project would realise savings of €100,000 for the participant organisation. The project will require the application of the concepts covered in the course. The output of the project should involve a significant benefit to the company. The Student, Supervisor and Company will agree the success metric for the project as part of the topic selection process.

Examples of success metrics could include:

•the improvement of a specified performance indicator by an agreed amount.
•the quantifiable addition of value to process or service which was the focus of the project.
•a cost saving of the order of €100,000 which must be verified by the company, or in the case of a Small to Medium Enterprises, (SMEs,

An example could be a plant relay out that could result in cost savings through inventory reduction to the value of €100,000, or an increase in machine efficiency by 5%, or a reduction process cycle time by 10%.

The University of Limerick and several leading Irish companies designed this course to meet the standards of a Master black belt. While there is no single authority that issues belts in Lean or Six Sigma the industry group and university carried out extensive research in designing the course to ensure that the course met the general standards that are expected of a black belt holder. Master Black Belt projects are expected to save in the region of €100,000 for their organisation. A Master Black Belt holder is expected to be competent in the tools and techniques to organise and implement a project at this level, and to be capable of managing a number of such projects simultaneously for their organisation in a strategic capacity.

Successful participants will receive a letter from the University of Limerick stating that their course is at Master Black Belt level.


Delivery is a hybrid of traditional distance education and online learning together with a number of on-campus tutorials (approx. 3 Saturdays per semester). In addition, there are online discussions moderated by a subject matter expert on elements of each module to reinforce the learning and maximise the benefit of the programme for participants.


On-line/Distance Learning

Course Progression is flexible and students can complete the programme in 2 to 3 years at a pace that suits their work and family commitments. Participants can take 1 to 3 taught modules each semester, until they complete the programme.

Further enquiries

Tel: +353 (0) 61 213360

Subjects taught

The focus is on application with core elements directly delivered as taught modules and key supporting concepts deliverd in a workshop, site visit, or seminar setting.

Semester 1
1.Lean Thinking/Lean Tools 1
2.Leadership and Change Management

Semester 2
3.Lean Thinking/Lean Tools 2
4.Lean Project / Lean Healthcare Project

Semester 3
5.Quality Science Statistics
7.Advanced Quality Statistics

Semester 4
6.Advanced Quality Statistics
8.Six Sigma Project
9.Enterprise Improvement Project

Application date

Application Deadlines

Taught Programmes
Applications are accepted on an ongoing basies but specific programmes have individual closing dates which can be found on our on-line prospectus

Research Programmes
Applications are accepted on an ongoing basis for research programmes. The applications for Research programmes are review each month by the Postgraduate Research Committee.

Course fee

The cost of the programme is €14,000. This is payable in 4 equal installments of €3,500 over 4 semesters. There are 2 semesters per year. If an applicant has previously completed a Specialist Diploma in Lean or Six Sigma from U.L, their fee will be reduced accordingly.

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