Professional Diploma in Quality Management, Six Sigma

Start date: 28 August 2023

Duration: 9 Months

Location: Univeristy of Limerick

Certificate: NFQ Level 9, Minor Award

Cost: Members: €3,675 Non Members: €5,250

Programme overview

This Six Sigma Black Belt course, aims to develop participants’ process improvement skills, and will provide education and practical application to a Black Belt level in Six Sigma.

The course will enable participating companies gain competitive advantage through the application of Six Sigma principles to drive improvement with measurable results. A company-based project will form a key element of the programme, ensuring the integration of the various concepts in the participants’ workplace.

Learning outcomes

Participants learn to: –

  • Understand both theory and practical application of quality management tools and techniques to improve operational outcomes and efficiency.

  • Apply Six Sigma methodology to help organisations improve performance by systematically using data to control variation.

  • Support performance and production goals across a variety of industry sectors in both manufacturing and services, including the public sector.

Who is the course for

  • The Diploma is aimed at managers, engineers, supervisors and technicians who have responsibility for quality or continuous improvement within their organisations and also those who wish to develop knowledge and skills in the area of Six Sigma.

  • Those who are responsible for or actively engaged in organisational improvement and development through the use of quality management tools and techniques.

  • Those who seek recognition as a Black Belt in Six Sigma.


Quality Science Statistics

Advanced Quality Science Statistics

Problem Solving Tools & Techniques

Six Sigma Project


Professional Dip. in Six Sigma
Professional Dip. in Lean Systems
Enterprise Improvement Project
MSc Qualification

The Professional Diploma in Six Sigma programme forms part of the MSc. in Strategic Quality Management Lean Sigma Systems. Those who have completed this programme may continue on with a second diploma and enterprise improvement project to qualify with an MSc Master Black Belt in Lean Sigma Systems.


Programme participants should hold a NFQ level-8, primary degree in any discipline or an equivalent qualification and have at least three years of relevant work experience. Where an applicant does not meet the entry requirements above, an offer of a place on the programme may be made in exceptional circumstances, where the candidate provides a portfolio of evidence to support prior learning, and the application of learning or competence in the area.


Applications for the programme should be made through the University of Limerick via their website please see HERE

Applications for Next Level Skillnet funding should be made directly through Next Level Skillnet by emailing Sue Davies –

Training Provider Profile

The University of Limerick is a vibrant and entrepreneurial place to learn. UL offers over 170 postgraduate programmes across four faculties, including Micro-credentials, Graduate Diplomas, taught and research Masters programmes, structured PhD programmes and Professional Doctorates – many delivered flexibly, online and part-time to suit working professionals.

With internationally-renowned programmes, world-leading research collaborations, and an unrivalled graduate employment rate, UL has everything graduates need to get ahead in their chosen discipline. Through significant campus-wide development, UL aims to create the best possible teaching and learning environment, giving Postgraduate students the support and resources they need to achieve their professional ambitions.

Professional Diploma in Quality Management, Six Sigma