Spectroscopy is an important component of tertiary science courses including Chemistry, Physics, and Pharmacy. Students often regard analytical instrumentation as black boxes which provide results, without properly conceptualising and understanding the components of which they are comprised. Limited hands-on learning opportunities are possible with commercial instrumentation due to their rugged design, and this is particularly true for spectrometers where typically the only direct interaction the student has with the instrument is the insertion of their sample. A kit was therefore designed from which students can build their own spectrophotometer, called the SpecUP (Spectrophotometer of the University of Pretoria), which can be used to generate analytically useful data. The SpecUP was designed with moveable components both to enhance student interaction with the equipment and encourage inquiry-based learning, which is important in the development of future creative scientists and equipment developers.