ProfDip Operations Excellence

Graduate Taught (level 9 nfq, credits 20)

Operations Excellence (OpEx) is the application of continuous improvement principles and tools that lead to long-term sustainable growth and create a culture of excellence in organisations.  This programme is designed for professional learners who are based in industry and have at least three years of industry experience and a background in engineering, technology, science or mathematics. The outcomes of this Professional Diploma will enable graduates to implement and lead improvement in their manufacturing organisations using principles of Lean, Six Sigma, Data Driven Decision Making and Business Process Re-engineering.

The learning environment is highly collaborative and experiential. The part-time nature of the programme, in conjunction with the blended delivery format, allows participants to continue in employment and to quickly apply their newly acquired skills in an experiential manner. Through the discussion based learning environment, there is a high degree of learning from peers across different industry sectors and organisation types.

Curricular information is subject to change

Part Time option suitable for:

Domestic(EEA) applicants: Yes
International (Non EEA) applicants currently residing outside of the EEA Region. No

Designed for professionals in the manufacturing or engineering services sectors, with at least three years of industry experience and a background in engineering, technology, science or mathematics, this two semester part-time professional diploma provides individuals with the in-depth knowledge and ability to apply the tools of continuous quality improvement in a range of sectors, whether private, public or semi-state.

The part-time and blended delivery structure of the programme allows participants continue in employment while undertaking their studies. As a result, the nature of the learning environment is highly collaborative and experiential, meaning students are able to quickly apply their newly acquired skills in a live working environment and to have the opportunity to reflect on this in the classroom.

Through the discussion based classroom environment, there is a high degree of learning from peers across different industry sectors and organisation types. We seek to develop an active learning approach through lectures, seminars, workshops and projects. There is extensive use of case studies and business simulations. There is a strong orientation towards team work and collaborative industry based research assignments. 

The learning outcomes are as follows: (1) familiarity with and knowledge of operations excellence, encompassing decision analysis, quality management (lean and six sigma), engineering operations management and process design, across a wide range of industrial sectors; (2) ability to synthesise technical and management knowledge in the design, implementation and improvement of complex engineering systems; (3) ability to apply decision analysis, scientific problem solving, inductive and deductive reasoning skills in both quantitative and qualitative contexts; (4) ability to communicate effectively to enable effective decision making in engineering operations and (5) ability to learn independently by assessing academic and practitioner research related to operations excellence.

Operations Excellence (OE) provides individuals with the skills and competencies to undertake a broad range of improvement initiatives in their organisations, which creates competitive advantage by focusing on the operational activities where it can outperform its competitors. Students will develop their knowledge and skills in the area of operations excellence with application in engineering and technology firms, from small medium enterprises to global multinational organisations. 

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The Professional Diploma in Operations Excellence comprises 20 credits (four modules).  These modules are offered across the Autumn and Spring Trimesters. The four modules in this Professional Diploma will be delivered in a blended format. This comprises of on-campus classroom based seminars and workshops, in addition to online classes.

For those who wish to take individual modules, but not the diploma, please contact the ADVANCE Centre -

ProfDip Operations Excellence (T365) Part Time
EU          fee per year - € 2020

***Fees are subject to change

  • A 4-year Bachelor's degree with minimum 2:1 award (NFQ level 8) or international equivalence in an Engineering or cognate Physical Sciences or Information Technology degree programme. Applicants not meeting this academic requirement, but with significant industry experience may be considered on a case by case basis.
  • Applicants should have a minimum of three years relevant professional experience.
  • Applicants may be asked to attend for a short interview.

"This programme will equip you with the ability to understand, evaluate and apply the essential tools of lean, six-sigma, process design and decision analysis. You will be able to troubleshoot process inefficiencies, analyse what to change and validate improvements. You will be able to add value for your customers and help your organisation, whether an SME or a multinational, manufacturing or service, to stay ahead of the competition. You will learn from subject matter experts, both academic faculty and senior industry practitioners, as well as your fellow participants who come from a wide range of industry sectors. Finally, the part-time nature of the programme provides you with the flexibility to work and study, as well as being able to quickly apply your newly acquired knowledge."

Associate Prof. Vincent Hargaden, Programme Director

The following entry routes are available:

Professional Diploma Operations Excellence (Sept) PT (T365)
1 Years
Part Time

* Courses will remain open until such time as all places have been filled, therefore early application is advised