The BAM methodology derives from the adjustment of different indicators aimed to compare the world’s leading universities, architecture schools and selected Master’s degree programs of the BAM Ranking 2020. Thanks to the BAM methodology, we are able to establish criteria to objectively compare study plans which, despite being different, are all focused on the academic development of better architects.
Our methodology consists on a list of indicators and sub-indicators that are focused on the quality of the study program, the facilities available for students, the competence of their faculty, and the internationally of their students, among other essential variables for a program to be considered as prestigious are taken into account.
The Expert Committee have had the task of developing the list of 11 educational-performance indicators and 41 sub-indicators during all the phases of the BAM Ranking 2020 study. These indicators are yearly updated in order to keep them aligned with contemporary issues related to the architectural academy.
Each main indicator consists of different sub-indicators which has a related evaluation-point. The sum of all the main indicators points provides the final score of the program on a 1-100 scale.
The Master’s programs offices are asked to provide all the necessary information to be evaluated through the BAM Methodology. Once the staff of the programs sends the requested information, each program is evaluated and obtains a final score, which determines the order of the ranking.
The age of a master reveals its success through the continuous demand and new applicants in each edition. Its continuity through time means a teaching program is stable and generates confidence in newcomers. It also proves itself relevant for the professionals who participated in the past.
To achieve points on this section, the Master’s Program must have at least 5 editions of success under the same name. Study plans with more than 10 editions obtain additional points in this section.
In addition, the history and prestige of the School of Architecture that holds the Master’s Program are valued in a positive way.
Relevance: 7,3 / 100
It is positively valued for a postgraduate program to be directly related to other universities at international level due to the possibility to generate educational agreements that benefit both students and alumni.
To score here, it is necessary for the program to have direct relation with at least one foreign university in terms of exchange, lectures, workshops. research, etc.
Double-diploma degrees obtain additional points, for letting student obtain a diploma in different countries, maximizing the chances of professional success, career, and research development.
Relevance: 7,5 / 100
Many candidates have limited resources to invest in their further education. Therefore, prices must have an effective relationship between the master program and its length in time, to be regarded and recognized as an attractive opportunity. Quite often, international master’s programs with an excessive cost prevent many high qualified professionals from studying in reliable international institutions.
For scoring here, the postgraduate program must demonstrate that its assigned duration (measured in study ECTS-European Credit Transfer System) has a correct relation with its cost. Additional points are granted if the program has available and exclusive scholarships for new candidates.
Relevance: 4,6 / 100
Optimum quality means generating the best benefits available to the whole student corps once the course has finished, promoting a successful development of their professional career. This issue is tested through the balanced relation between theory and practice, aiming to cover the different areas of knowledge in an integral and substantial way.
To score the most, the Master’s programs must prove having a balanced educational system between theoretical lessons and practical workshops. The specialization of programs in terms of lessons (subjects/courses) is also tested, and we aim to recognize as positive a balanced specialization rate. The most valued programs here will be the most balanced in terms of Theory vs Practice and Specialization rates.
The flexibility for students to select their subjects during the master’s program is also considered as positive, and extra points are achieved if the program organizes free/open lectures for students that are not necessarily inscribed in the course.
In addition, the study plan will obtain points in case of implementing and demonstrating innovative teaching methods. This includes new technologies, tools, processes, and activities that promote innovation and boldness in the master’s degree.
Relevance: 14,6 / 100
It is positively valued that the postgraduate program supports the career development of the participants in terms of job opportunities and networking between current students, professors, alumni, and other professionals in the field.
Professional and/or research internships are also valued as positive because it allows students to prove their skills in architecture offices, or academic research programs.
To score here, the program must also prove the success of their Alumni after the program is finished in terms of employability.
Relevance: 7,3 / 100
A competitive international and diverse faculty contributes to offer a wider and multicultural educative experience that promotes the professional enrichment of the students.
For scoring here, the program must have at least 50% of its faculty from no less than four different countries, and extra points are given in case the faculty of the same edition are from three different geographical areas.
Multi-cultural and multi-racial teaching body is also valued as positive.
Relevance: 6 / 100
The academic and professional competence of the faculty is highly valued to ensure that lessons will maintain a high quality in terms of teaching. This issue is measured by the achieved Ph.D. studies, and the number of professors actively involved in relevant practices related to architecture.
To fulfill this requirement, the program would need to prove that at least 40% of its teaching staff have obtained a Ph.D. and that at least 50% of them work or run a relevant architecture office in their country.
The faculty-student rate has been included in order to determine if the students receive a personalized education experience from their professors during their lessons.
Relevance: 14,6 / 100
International participants also contribute to creating a wide and multicultural experience that enhances the professional enrichment of the students.
To score here, the program must register at least 50% of its current participants from no less than five different countries, and some points are given in case students of the current edition came from three different geographical areas.
Multi-cultural and multi-racial student body is also valued as positive.
Relevance: 5,3 / 100
It is highly valued for a program to develop and participate in relevant publications related to the profession in research, practical work, or any other. The number of developed publications demonstrates the performance of the work made by students as part of the program. Also, it is taken into consideration the number of publications developed by the regular faculty of the program because it can determine the relevance of the teaching staff.
To achieve points in this section, the program must demonstrate that they are producing at least one publication per year. It is asked to give a list of the publications in which the program has been involved.
In addition, the program must give a list of regular professors indicating the publications they have developed.
Relevance: 9,3 / 100
It is taken into consideration for the development of the program to have an exclusive and suitable space for students. It is also considered that students have access to suitable tools and materials needed to successfully complete the required tasks.
For the present edition of the Ranking, we have included a sub-indicator related to the significance of holder cities in terms of architectural quality. For students, it is always important to live in a city with a rich architecture that inspires them day after day and give them vision and good references.
Additional points are granted if the school is located in central areas, with access to public transportation and urban facilities.
Relevance: 11,3 / 100
BAM Ranking takes the QS University Ranking by Subject 2020 as a reference for the selection of programs to be studied. Due to the importance of this Ranking for our study, additional points are granted for the programs presented by the first 10th universities ranked in the QS Ranking by Subject 2020 (Architecture / Built Environment)
Internationalization is a relevant issue for BAM, and we value as positive if the program is taught in English, due to this fact allows international students to enroll in the program wherever they are from. Extra points are achieved if the programs have a public and transparent program details on their official websites.
Additional points are achieved if the program collaborates with the BAM Ranking by sending their information as requested.
Relevance: 9,9 / 100
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