Architectural Technology BSc (Hons)

Course code K130

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.

This degree builds on the industry-recognised HNC in the first year.

Please click on the following links for information on Technology guidance and System requirements to study this course.

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 at a number of our locations.

Entry requirements

Entry to year one, HNC Architectural Technology:

  • 2 Scottish Highers at grade C or above, preferably in Maths, Physics, Graphic Communication, Design and Manufacture, Art and Design, or English, OR
  • 1 A Level at grade B in Graphic Communication


  • NC in a construction-related subject such as NC Civil Engineering or NC Built Environment, OR
  • Foundation Apprenticeship Civil Engineering

Advanced entry to year two:

Advanced entry to year three:

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

Access routes

SWAP Access courses
If you are eligible to undertake Scottish Wider Access Programmes (SWAP), please visit our SWAP access list for further information on grade profiles and available subjects.

Year 1 - HNC

Year 1 of this course is HNC Architectural Technology

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
  • Years 3 and 4 may also be studied remotely, using the VLE and supported by 2 workshops per week, on Tuesdays and Wednesday evenings, from 5-7pm GMT.
  • Direct entry to year 3 is open to suitably qualified applicants, who will study on-campus 2.5 days per week (subject to approval)

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

Start date

  • September



For students normally domiciled in Scotland, with a term-time address in Scotland, the following fees apply:

This includes

  • EU nationals with settled or pre-settled status in the UK,
  • EEA/Swiss nationals with settled status in the UK
  • EEA/Swiss nationals with pre-settled status who are self-employed or migrant workers in the UK.
Study Mode2021-222022-23
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, including Channel Islands and the Isle of Man) and with a term-time address in Scotland, studying full time, the following fees apply:

YearLevel2021-22 Full-time2022-23 Full-time
Year 1 CertHE £9,000 £9,250
Year 2 DipHE £9,000 £9,250
Year 3 Degree £9,000 £9,250
Year 4 Honours free free

4th year free only for students studying full-time, on continuous study, who have paid for the previous three years at the University of the Highlands and Islands.

Part-time (per 20 credit module) - £1,542.

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 while studying.

EU/EEA and Swiss nationals without settled or pre-settled status in the UK

Following the UK’s departure from the European Union, the Scottish Government confirmed that EU/EEA and Swiss nationals, who do not have settled or pre-settled status, will be considered as international for fee purposes.  For 2022-23, students will get an automatic scholarship of £4,000 per annum and the 4th year of study will be free for those studying full-time, on continuous study, who have paid for the previous three years at the University of the Highlands and Islands.

This includes EEA/Swiss nationals with pre-settled status who are not self-employed or migrant workers in the UK.

YearLevel2021-22 Full-timeWith scholarship2022-23 Full-timeWith scholarship
Year 1 CertHE £13.620 £9,620 £14,310 £10,310
Year 2 DipHE £13.620 £9,620 £14,310 £10,310
Year 3 Degree £13.620 £9,620 £14,310 £10,310
Year 4 Honours Free Free Free Free

Students will need Student Route visa sponsorship to study in the UK.

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:

Study Mode2021-222022-23
Full-time per year (120 credit modules) per year £13,620 £14,310
Part-time (structured) (3 x 20 credit modules) per year £6,810 £7,155
Part-time (unstructured per module) (per 20 credit module) £2,270 £2,385

Part-time study is not open to international student requiring Student Route visa sponsorship to study in the UK.

Further information on international course fees.

A no fee increase guarantee is available for self-funding full-time and structured part-time rest of the UK, EU and international undergraduate students for continuous 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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There are many different routes to success. If, for whatever reason, you don't follow the 'standard route' you can still get there in the end, and you might just gain more experience along the way! I currently work for a local architect firm alongside
my studies, which suits me well as I'm building up work contacts and experience. 

Jordan McNeilage studied while working at
CRGP Architects in Inverness. He graduated with a first-class BSc (Hons) Architectural Technology
from our Inverness College UHI campus

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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