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Lean Enterprise Excellence

Waterford Institute of Technology

24 months
3750 EUR/year
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The Master of Business in Lean Enterprise Excellence from Waterford Institute of Technology is an executive/practitioner programme providing participants with the required knowledge, know-how, know-why, and skills to advance as Lean and Continuous Improvement leaders in organisations.


The Lean Enterprise Excellence programme from Waterford Institute of Technology is fully delivered Online in part-time mode across a 2-year period. Classes are synchronous and delivered in block-release format (3-hours; 4-hours; 6-hours) on assigned evenings and occasional Saturdays.

Contemporary Lean Thinking and Practice

The programme is founded on seminal theories and thinking from scientific management, quality management, world-class manufacturing, change management, the Toyota Production System (TPS), The Toyota Way, and the Shingo Model. Building on that foundation, we synthesise the principles, systems, culture, and behaviours that are integral to contemporary Lean enterprise and operational excellence.

Participants attain in-depth understanding of wider organisational contexts, cross-sectoral applications, and both manufacturing and service orientations. The programme is distinctive in its focus on the critical, but less understood and invariably challenging, “soft” elements integral to effective Lean leadership and management. Thus, participants explore Lean philosophy and thinking; Lean leadership; Lean strategy deployment and hoshin kanri; organisational culture and employee engagement; Lean transformation and change management; and  organisational learning, knowledge management, systems thinking, and the learning organisation.

Additionally, participants examine the "hard" Lean tools and techniques elements like, for example, Process Mapping, Value Stream Mapping, A3 Problem-Solving, and 5S. Participants also attain Black Belt level competency in key elements of statistical process control and business analytics, as well as completion of a live-laboratory continuous improvement project (CIP).

Industry demand

Ireland is a recognised global leader in Lean Enterprise and Operational Excellence, and there thus exists a high demand nationally and internationally for graduates with Lean knowledge, know-how, know-why, and skills. Graduates of the WIT Master of Business in Lean Enterprise Excellence are highly valued within their organisations, and highly sought-after in general.

In addition to the extensive knowledge and learning acquired, the applied nature of the programme and real-world individual and group problem-solving provide participants with invaluable experience and skills that enable their workplace-readiness and capability to implement Lean in any sector, organisation type and scale. The vast majority of participants are employer-funded, and this further affirms the importance that organisations increasingly place on Lean capacity and capability development.

Career progression

Graduates have advanced to key positions as Site Leads in Lean, Operational Excellence, or CI. Many have been headhunted by other organisations, and others have become Lean Service Providers offering consultancy and training in Ireland and abroad.

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Lean Enterprise Excellence
  • Lean Engagement
  • Lean Strategy & Sustainability
  • Lean Transformation
  • Lean Tools & Techniques 
  • Lean Business Analytics 

Key information


  • Part-time
    • 24 months

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Academic requirements

We are not aware of any academic requirements for this programme.

Other requirements

General requirements

  • Applicants should have a Level 8 qualification, in any discipline, along with a minimum of 3 years’ relevant industry experience; and, where applicants do not have a previous Level 8 qualification, they will be considered on the basis of a recognition of prior learning (RPL) application to a Level 8 standard or equivalent and provided they have a minimum of 5 years’ relevant industry experience.
  • Applicants for whom English is not their first language are required to present evidence of competence that meet the Institute’s English Language Requirements for Postgraduate Programmes.

Tuition Fee

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    3750 EUR/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 7500 EUR for the full programme during 24 months.

Year 1: €5,500

Year 2: €2,000


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