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Diploma in Operational Excellence for Supply Chain Management

Course Points
Course Duration
1.5 Years
Course Level
Level 7
Course Places
20 Places
Course Start Date
Wednesday, 15th February 2023 (subject to change)

Two great reasons to consider this course

  • Gain an in-depth understanding of operational performance to help maximise customer value and achieve a sustainable competitive advantage
  • Get hands on experience through the real-world operational excellence project which runs for the duration of the programme

Course Summary

This is a 1-and-a-half-year (3 semesters) Level 7 programme which offers individuals the opportunity to develop their knowledge, skills and competencies in the exciting area of operational excellence. The programme is designed to give a holistic understanding of operational excellence and the dynamics of supply chain management.

Important notice about this course

This course is supported by Dundalk Chamber SkillNet and attracts significant support for fees. Further information can be found at

The aim of the programme is to offer individuals the opportunity to develop an understanding of the dynamics of supply chains and to enhance their ability to continually improve operational performance. For example, operational performance in relation to the flow of goods and information through the value chain from order, materials acquisition to final consumption, to maximise customer value and achieve a sustainable competitive advantage.  

Continually improving operational performance can be a real advantage for companies to ensure they keep pace with changes in their industry sector across the various processes and technologies that support effective utilisation of key resources, cost-effectiveness and that customer value. 

This programme will incorporate major aspects of data analytics, supply chain management, digitization, warehousing, logistics and lean systems.

Semester 1

  • Supply Chain Management & Digitization
  • Operations and Lean Methodologies
  • Industry Project in Operational Excellence (year-long)

Semester 2

  • Data Analytics for Operational Excellence 
  • Warehousing and Logistics 
  • Industry Project in Operational Excellence (year-long)

Semester 3

  • Industry Project in Operational Excellence (year-long)* 

*The 'Industry Project in Operational Excellence' module will see students undertake a real-world operational excellence project for the duration of the course. This project will require students to research a problem and identify potential solutions, followed by implementing a solution and analysing the final result. 

This course is delivered using a blended learning approach with weekly interactive and hands-on classroom-based sessions supported by independent and online learning.

In Semester One class contact time per week is 7 hours; Wednesdays (6-9pm), Thursdays (6-9pm) with 1 hour on a Friday which is online individual contact with your supervisor. This is subject to change.

Operational Improvement Manager, Supply Chain Coordinator, Supply Chain Manager, Procurement Specialist, Warehousing Manager.

Total course fee: €2,500 payable as follows.

Application Fee: €50 (non-refundable if you are made an offer of a place)

Accept Offer Fee: €100 (non-refundable)

Instalment 1 = €1,100 is payable by 28th February

Instalment 2 = €1,250 is payable by 31st October


(*Fee is €500 (for SMEs) OR €1500 (for large companies) if eligible for Skillnet support. For advice on eligibility please contact Aidan Callan, Dundalk Skillnet via

Applicants should already hold a QQI Level 6 qualifications or equivalent. (Applicants who do not have a Level 6 award may still apply and may be considered for an interview.)

Applicants who do not meet the minimum education requirements but are 23 years or older and have relevant work experience may still apply for consideration by the Institute. If you are applying as a mature student be sure to submit your CV and any letters of reference you have from employers.

Equivalent industry recognition may be given through the Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) process on an individual case-by-case basis to candidates who have not yet achieved this academic standard but who can demonstrate significant relevant professional experience.

International students must have English level of IELTS 6.0 (or equivalent).

This programme would be ideally suited to those seeking to gain practical knowledge in the area of operational excellence and who wish to continually improve their supply chain performance, through operational excellence techniques.

Maryellen Kelledy (Programme Director)

Dr. Paul McArtain (Head of Department of Electronic and Mechanical Engineering)
Phone: 0429370474

Course ID DK_EESCJ_7
Course Type Flexible & Professional
Study Mode Part-Time
Level 7
Duration 1.5 Years
Fees €2,500 | Fee is €500 (for SMEs) OR €1500 (for large companies) if eligible for Skillnet support.
Starting Date Wednesday, 15th February 2023 (subject to change)
School School of Engineering
Department Electronic and Mechanical Engineering
Credits 60
Awarding Body DkIT
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Delivery Method Blended

How to Apply


Please remember to upload required documentation (scanned copies of your existing qualification(s) and your CV) with your online application to expedite academic assessment.