Masters of Science in Quality Management and Validation

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  • Aim of Programme

    Aim of Programme

    The aim of the Masters of Science in Quality Management and Validation is to provide an educational experience that enables participants to achieve an integrated understanding of the operation and strategy of Quality Management and Validation, and to develop appropriate intellectual and personal skills. Specifically the programme is designed to offer participants the opportunity to gain a detailed knowledge of the underpinning theory and effective practice of Quality Management and Validation which will be of particular benefit in a range of management and leadership roles as well as in specialized Quality Management and Validation roles.

    On successful completion of the programme, participants will have demonstrated the competencies necessary to:

    • Adopt analytical, systematic approaches toward problem solving and decision making, while simultaneously displaying an appropriate awareness and understanding of the sensitivities involved in the context of organisational dynamics;
    • Demonstrate personal qualities of empathy, leadership, teamworking;
    • Manage their own learning and development, and evaluate their own experience through a reflective approach towards the impact of the programme on their lives;
    • Be catalysts of change within their employing organisations, as a result of the adoption of creative and innovative approaches to opportunities and threats.

    Students who want to study on Masters of Science in Quality Management and Validation must first complete the Postgraduate in Quality Management and Validation to be able to progress to the Masters year. The student will complete a Dissertation under supervision. The flexibility and agility of this programme, will allow students to specialise in a pathway most suited to their skills, career aspirations, and employer needs that will give them research expertise in Quality Management and Validation.


    • 9
      NFQ Level
    • 90

    Programme Content

    Programme Content

    • Strategic Management and Leadership
    • Project, Reliability Engineering, Risk Management
    • Quality Management, Standards and Good Manufacturing Practice
    • Statistical Process Control, Calibration, Validation
    • Research Methods
    • Applied Case Studies – WBL Strategic Capstone Project
    • Dissertation

    Minimum Entry Requirements

    Minimum Entry Requirements

    Level 8 Degree in any non-cognate discipline


    Those with a level 7 degree in any non-cognate discipline with three years post qualification and/or those who meet the Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) requirements as per the Institute RPL policy will also be considered.  Such candidates will have to attend for interview.

    Note: Non cognate discipline is defined as the discipline area OTHER than the discipline area of the Post Graduate Diploma the student is applying for.



    Induction for the 2022/2023 academic year takes place (online via Zoom) on Saturday 10th September from 930am to 1pm. In advance, you will be required to review Pre Induction reading material, available to you on

    During Induction, you will be given the opportunity to:

    • Meet your programme lecturers, programme co-ordinator and students
    • Overview of the programme handbook, programme’s modules, assessments and delivery timetable
    • Introduction to Athlone IT’s operating systems including MS Office, Zoom, Moodle etc
    • Outline of the learning supports available to you during the programme


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    Programme Transfer Routes

    Programme Transfer Routes

    Candidates who complete 60 credits (on completion of Year 1 of the programme) and wish to exit at this point will receive a Postgraduate Diploma in Science in Quality Management and Validation. However, the full programme is offered as a 90 credit Master of Science in Quality Management and Validation degree. Graduates who complete the Postgraduate Diploma will be eligible to transfer to a Master of Science in Quality Management and Validation . Year 2 of the Masters programme involves the completion of a supervised 30 credits dissertation.




    2 year full-time

    Tuesday 7 pm – 9 pm

    Plus 2 Saturdays per semester Online (9 am – 1 pm).

    For online programmes, lectures will be delivered online and recordings of lectures will be available to view in the student’s own time.


    Semester 1 (2022)

    October 1st

    November 19th

    Programme Fee



    Tuesday 12th September 2022


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  • This programme will be delivered full-time through an innovative blended learning approach involving facilitated workshops and online virtual learning classes.