Architectural Technology BSc (Hons)

UCAS code K130
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What is special about this course?

If you are passionate about architecture and the technology that surrounds design in the built environment, then this innovative BSc (Hons) Architectural Technology course is for you.

You will gain the theoretical and project-based skills required within a modern architectural practice, including an excellent understanding of managing projects from conception through to completion.

The course combines simulated design office practice, site visits and regular project work to ensure that you gain the necessary skills demanded by the architectural industry, such as building information modelling and technical design.

Working with professionally qualified tutors you will gain valuable and essential skills making you highly employable as an architectural technologist.

The majority of our employer partners recruit from our programme and indicate that our graduates have an excellent understanding of the design and technical process of projects and are able to enter industry and be effective contributors to their architectural practices from day one.

Special features

  • An innovative course that prepares you to work within a modern architectural practice and the opportunity to work on 'live' projects during your studies, which is unique for this degree subject
  • You will study advanced computer technology using 2D and 3D Computer Aided Design in the most advanced design suite of any built by a university in Scotland
  • Dynamic interactive lectures with site visits and architectural tours
  • Project-based workshops and design studio work with visiting professionals
  • You can study full-time or part-time to suit your personal circumstances


We offer modern student accommodation in Inverness ideally suited to students on this course.

Entry requirements

  • 4 Scottish Highers at grade BBCC or above OR
  • 3 A levels at grade BCC or above
  • These should preferably be in Maths, Physics, Graphic Communication, Design and Manufacture or Art and Design


  • the completion of an HNC in a construction-related subject such as: HNC Civil Engineering; HNC Architectural Technology; HNC Quantity Surveying; or HNC Construction Management; OR
  • Foundation Apprenticeship Civil Engineering PLUS 2 Scottish Highers in Maths plus a Design-related subject, at Grade C or above
  • Applicants with other qualifications or experience will be considered on an individual basis

Advanced entry to year two:

  • Direct entry to year two may be possible with an HNC Architectural Technology, with a B or above in the Graded Unit

Advanced entry to year three:

  • Direct entry to year three may be possible with an HND Architectural Technology or Computer Aided Architectural Design and Technology, or equivalent

Access routes

Students eligible to undertake Scottish Wider Access Programmes (SWAP) will be able to apply for entry to BSc (Hons) Architectural Technology with a grade profile of BBC in one of the below courses:

  • Access to: Engineering (Edinburgh College)
  • Access to: Engineering (Fife College)
  • Access to: Engineering (North East College)

Year 1 - CertHE

Core modules are:

  • Architectural technology 1
  • Construction technology 1
  • Design studio 1
  • Technical studio 1
  • Integrated technology
  • Project 1

Year 2 - DipHE

Core modules are:

  • Architectural technology 2
  • Construction technology 2
  • Design studio 2
  • Technical studio 2
  • Environmental technology 1
  • Project 2


Year 3 - BSc

Core modules are:

  • Architectural technology 3
  • Construction technology 3
  • Technical studio 3
  • Environmental technology 2
  • Project management
  • Project 3

Year 4 - BSc (Hons)

Core modules are:

  • Advanced professional practice (architecture)
  • Alternative design technologies
  • Architectural entrepreneurship
  • An honours project

You must also complete a dissertation as part of your honours project.

How will I study my course?

  • Full-time
  • Part-time
  • You will learn through a combination of face-to-face lectures and tutorials, design studio and group work, and online study via the university's virtual learning environment (VLE), with support from your tutors

How long will my course last?

  • Full-time: 4 years @ 40 hours per week
  • Part-time (structured): 8 years @ 20 hours per week

Where can I study my course?

  • Inverness College UHI

Start date

  • September



For students normally domiciled in Scotland or the European Union/EEA (outside of the UK) and with a term time address in Scotland, the following fees apply:

Full-time (120 credit modules) per year £1,820 £1,820
Part-time (structured) (3 x 20 credit modules) per year £645 £645
Part-time (unstructured per module) (per 20 credit module) £215 £215

Rest of UK students

For students normally domiciled in the rest of the UK (England, Wales and N. Ireland) and with a term time address in Scotland studying this course full time, the following fees apply:

    Full-time Full-time
Year 1 CertHE £9,000 £9,000
Year 2 DipHE £9,000 £9,000
Year 3 Degree £9,000 £9,000
Year 4 Honours free** free**

**4th year free only for students studying full-time who have paid for the previous 3 years at the University of the Highlands and Islands.

Part-time (per 20 credit module) -  £1,500 (2018-19 and 2019-20).

Fees are payable in advance each academic year unless otherwise agreed.

There are a number of funding options available to UK and EU students to help you pay for your studies and your cost of living whilst studying.

International students

For students who do not normally reside in the UK or European Union and with a term-time address in Scotland, the following fees apply:

Full-time per year (120 credit modules) per year £12,200 £12,800
Part-time (structured) (3 x 20 credit modules) per year** £6,100 £6,420
Part-time (unstructured per module) (per 20 credit module)** £2,034 £2,140

**There is no part-time study option for Tier 4 sponsored international. students.

Further information on international course fees.

A no fee increase guarantee is available for self-funding full-time and structured part-time RUK and International undergraduate students for continuous and contiguous study for the same award, up to the permitted standard time limit for the relevant award.


External scholarships and financial support may be available. Contact the relevant university partner college for more information.

What can I do on completion of my course?

Once you have successfully completed your BSc Architectural Technology course, you might like to consider a career as a graduate architectural technologist within private practice, local government design offices and large building firms.

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What our students, graduates and staff say

I've recently finished my training for Turner in New York as part of my work placement and have been assigned to the new Columbia Business School project. Here I’m helping with various different areas including document management and drawing revision updates, BIM analysis for project phasing and detecting MEP/structural service clashes. Outside of work I’ve been doing a lot of site-seeing and have managed to find a great apartment with an amazing view over Times Square.

Jacob Simpson graduated with a BSc (Hons) Architectural Technology from our Inverness College UHI campus, in 2017.

The course curriculum sets students up with a clear understanding of building and design processes by linking course work with live projects.

Since graduating I’ve kept in touch with staff and students at the university and watched the course evolve into what I think is a unique learning experience: where practice professionals and students work together to produce graduates that meet the demands of the industry.

Rachel MacLeod graduated from the BSc (Hons) Architectural Technology degree at our Inverness College UHI campus. She is now employed as an Architectural Technologist at CRGP Ltd.

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