BAM’s methodology is based on the adjustment of different indicators used to compare the world’s leading universities, architecture schools and Master’s degree programs. Thanks to this methodology, we are able to establish criteria to effectively and objectively compare study plans which, despite being different, are all focused on the academic development of better architects.
Our team of Experts has developed a list of 11 educational-performance indicators focused on quality and internationality of faculty, alumni and postgraduate program. Furthermore, other variables that are essential in order for a program to be considered as prestigious have been taken into account.
Each indicator has a related evaluation-point, and the sum of all of the indicators provide the final program score, on a 1-100 (%) scale.
The age of the Master’s program reveals its success in terms of continued demand, with applicants in each edition. Its continuity over time means that the teaching program is stable and generates confidence from newcomers. It also proves it to be relevant for the professionals who participated in the past.
Postgraduate programs maintaining direct relations with other universities at international level shall be highly valued, given the continuous communication that this implies and the possibility of generating educational agreements that benefit both students and alumni.
To obtain these points, it is necessary for the program to maintain relations with at least one foreign university in the form of exchange, lectures, etc. Double diploma degrees obtain an additional point, as they allow the student to obtain a diploma in other countries, maximizing the chances of professional success, career, and research development.
The relationship between cost and length of the Master’s program is a relevant indicator for determining its acceptance and affordability. Many candidates have limited resources to invest in their advanced education.
Therefore, prices must show an effective relationship between the Master’s program and its length in time, in order to be regarded and recognized as an attractive opportunity. Quite often, international Master’s degrees that have excessively high costs prevent numerous highly qualified professionals from studying at reliable international institutions.
For scoring here, the postgraduate program must demonstrate that its relationship between cost and duration (measured according to the ECTS-European Credit Transfer System) is acceptable. Additional points are attainable if the program has scholarships available for new candidates.
Optimum quality means generating the best benefits for all of the alumni body, once the course has culminated, promoting successful professional career development. This will be tested through a balanced relation between theory and practice, aiming to cover the different areas of knowledge in an integral, substantial and professional way.
Postgraduate programs that optimize the career development of the participants in terms of job opportunities and networking between professors, former students and other professionals in the field are valued.
Here, to score, the program must include different elements in order to improve the professional possibilities of its participants in the future.
International professors contribute by offering a wide and multicultural educative experience that promotes professional enrichment of the students.
To earn these points, the program should have professors from no less than six different countries. And extra points are given in case of professors of the same edition who are from three distinct geographical areas.
The academic and professional competence of the professors is highly valued, so as to ensure that the lectures imparted will be of a high quality, in terms of teaching. This will be measured by the number of professors with PhD studies and the number of professors who are actively involved in relevant practices related to the profession.
To fulfil this requirement, the study plan will need to prove that at least 50% of its professors have a PhD and that at least 60% of them work at a relevant architecture firm in their country.
International participants also contribute to create a wide and multicultural educational experience that promotes professional enrichment of the students.
To receive these points, the study plan must have at least 60% of its alumni who come from no less than six different countries.
Additionally, extra points are given in the case of alumni from the same edition coming from three distinct geographical areas.
Programs that have produced relevant publications related to the profession in research, practical work or any other are highly valued. The number of publications demonstrates the performance of the work carried out by the participants while in the program. Also, the quantity of the publications created by the regular professors of the program is taken into consideration, since this may determine the prestige and relevance of the faculty and the quality of its teaching.
To receive points in this section, the program must demonstrate that it is producing at least one publication per year. It is asked to provide a list of the publications that the program has been involved in.
In addition, the program must provide a list of regular professors, indicating the publications they have developed. To obtain these points, the faculty must be involved as author or co-author of relevant national or international publications.
These are taken into special consideration, given the relevance of the program’s having a dedicated and suitable space throughout all of its stages. It is also valued when participants have access to different tools and materials so as to successfully complete the required tasks.
To earn a good score, the study plan must offer the following spaces: continuous workshop space, open public space, suitable lighting in workspaces, dedicated spaces for the construction of models, personal spaces for each of the students and general facilities. An additional point is granted if the program provides materials and tools that are free of charge to the students.
The BAM Ranking takes the 2019 QS University Ranking by Subject as a reference for the selection of programs to be studied. Due to the relevance of this Ranking for the BAM Project, some additional points are achieved for programs that are presented in the top 10 architecture universities based on the 2019 QS Ranking by Subject.
In addition, the study program will obtain an extra point if it implements innovative teaching methods. These include new technologies, tools, processes and activities that promote innovation and boldness in the Master’s degree.