Graduate Diploma in Lean Six Sigma for Healthcare Black Belt


Develop process improvement, leadership, research and project management skills to drive the changes necessary for a successful Lean healthcare transformation within your organisation


Graduate Diploma in Lean Six Sigma for Healthcare with Black Belt. NFQ Level: 9; ECTS credits: 60. Places: 6.

The programme is designed to prepare students to Black Belt level so they can implement Lean in a healthcare organisation. It lays the groundwork for Lean Six Sigma healthcare transformation by training the student to research, implement and lead change in an organisation and in Black Belt theory and application.

Where is the training delivered?

The training is delivered over a calendar year in the UCD Health Science Building.

How is the training delivered?

The Programme is delivered through face-to-face lectures, online components, clinical placements and reference site visits. Academic assessment is by a variety of academic assignments, presentations and the development of a Black Belt project from Define to Control Phase (DMAIC). Full support and coaching for the project is provided by our Black Belt team.

  • Seven academic assignments
  • Tollgate MCQs
  • Self-directed learning and group work
  • Completion of a Black Belt Project from Define to Control Phase (DMAIC) within one year of commencing the Programme.
  • Final project presentation to UCD expert panel (candidates must pass this assessment to be eligible for a UCD/Mater Lean Six Sigma Black Belt)

What are the entry requirements?

Healthcare professionals must have completed the Lean Six Sigma Green Belt Programme at NFQ Level 8 with the Mater Lean Academy or another accredited provider. Applicants must provide evidence that they are an active Lean Practitioner and must have the support of their Senior Line manager. The applicant will register as a UCD student.

How often will I have to attend class?

Twenty-four days attendance in UCD and onsite Black Belt supervision. Dates are specified on the application form. Assessment dates will be notified separately

Programme Objectives

On completion the student will be able to:

  • Lead Lean Six Sigma improvement initiatives as an engaged and informed Black Belt
  • Demonstrate and teach Lean Six Sigma principles, methods and tools to optimise care delivery and support processes
  • Utilise advanced Lean Six Sigma methodologies and tools to optimise care delivery and support processes
  • Research and implement change in an organisation
  • Conduct healthcare research to support, inform and evaluate Lean Six Sigma projects
  • Manage complex Lean Six Sigma healthcare cases
  • Demonstrate knowledge and understanding of problem-solving principles, tools and techniques to achieve Lean Six Sigma project outcomes
  • Demonstrate the ability to analyse and draw conclusions from data through the use of analytical and statistical techniques
  • Demonstrate, through developing and leading a project, understanding of the effectiveness of the Lean Six Sigma DMAIC methodology in healthcare
  • Deliver added value for service users, staff and other stakeholders
  • Demonstrate the ability to overcome resistance to change in an organisation through effective communication with key stakeholders utilising Lean Six Sigma methodologies

Pathway to Black Belt

The Mater Lean Academy Fundamentals of Lean (White Belt) and UCD Lean Six Sigma for healthcare (Green Belt) Programmes are the pathway to the Black Belt.
For information on the Fundamentals of Lean Programme, see here
for information on the Lean Six Sigma Green Belt for healthcare Programme, see here


On completion of the Programme, the student will receive a Graduate Diploma in Lean Six Sigma for Healthcare with Black Belt -Academic Award (60 ECTS credits; NFQ level 9).


Please address any queries on fees for the Graduate Diploma in Lean Six Sigma to:

Vanessa Kelly

- Mater Lean Academy, Transformation Office, Mater Misericordiae University Hospital, Eccles St., Dublin 7

- Tel: +353-1-8607729

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The next Graduate Diploma (Black Belt) commences September 2017. Application is now open

Applications are processed on a first come first serve basis.

Application form

Application Submission

Complete the application form and email your completed application to /
or post to: Vanessa Kelly, Transformation Office, Mater Misericordiae University Hospital, Eccles Street, Dublin 7