BAM’s methodology derives from the adjustment of different indicators used to compare the world’s leading colleges, architecture schools and master degrees programs. Thanks to this methodology, we are able to establish criteria to effectively and objectively compare study plans that, despite being different, are focused on the academic development of better architects.
Our team of experts have developed a list of 11 educational-performance indicators focused on quality and internationality of faculty, alumni and postgraduate program. Furthermore, other essential variables for a program to be considered as prestigious are taken into account.
Each indicator has a related evaluation-point, and the sum of all the indicators provide the final score of the program in a 1-100 (%) scale.
The age of a master shows its success through the continuous demand, with 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.
It will be positively valued that a postgraduate program is directly related to other universities at international level due to the continuous communication it implies and the possibility to generate educational agreements that benefit both students and alumni.
To obtain this point, it is necessary for the program to have relation with at least one foreign university in terms of exchange, lectures, etc. Double diploma degrees obtain additional point, for letting student obtain a diploma in different countries, maximizing the chances of professional success, career, and research development.
The relation between cost and length of the master program is a relevant indicator for find out its acceptance and affordability. Many candidates have limited resources to invest in their further education.
Therefore, prices must have and effective relation between the master program and its length in time, to be regarded and recognized as an attractive opportunity. Quite often, international masters with an excessive cost prevent many high qualified professionals from studying in reliable international institutions.
For scoring here, the postgraduate program must show that its assigned relation between cost and duration (measured in study ECTS-European Credit Transfer System) has an acceptable relation with its cost. Additional points are achieved if the program has available Scholarships for new candidates.
Optimum quality means generating the best benefits available to the whole alumni corps once the course has culminated, promoting a successful development of the professional career. This will be tested through the balanced relation between theory and practice, aiming to cover the different areas of knowledge in an integral, substantial and professional way.
It is valued that the postgraduate program optimizes the career development of the participants in terms of job opportunities and networking between professors, former students and other professionals in the field.
To scoring here, the program must include different elements in order to improve the professional possibilities of the participants in the future.
International professors contribute to offer a wide and multicultural educative experience that promotes the professional enrichment of the students.
For scoring these points, the program will have professors from no less than six different countries. Additionally, extra points are given in case the professors of the same edition are from three different geographical areas.
The academic and professional competence of the professors is highly valued to ensure that imparted lectures will maintain a high quality in terms of teaching. This will be measured by the achieved PhD studies and by the number of professors actively involved in relevant practices related to the profession.
To fulfill 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 office in their country.
International participants also contribute to create a wide and multicultural educative experience that promotes the professional enrichment of the students.
To score these points, the study plan must register at least 60% of its alumni from no less than six different countries.
Additionally, extra points are given in case alumni of the same edition came from three different geographical areas.
It is highly valued that the program made relevant publications related to the profession in research, practical work or any other. The amount of publications shows and demonstrates the performance of the work that the participants have made as part of the program. Also, it is taken in consideration the quantity of publications developed by the regular professors of the program because it can determine the prestigious and relevance of the faculty and the quality of teaching.
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 which the program has been involved.
In addition, the program must give a list of regular professors indicating the publications they have developed. To obtain these points, the faculty must be involved as author or coauthor of relevant national or international publications.
It is specially taken into consideration for the development of the program to have a dedicated and suitable space in all its stages. It is also considered that participants have access to different tools and materials needed to can successfully complete the required tasks.
For a good score here, the study plan must offer the following spaces: continuous workshop space, open public space, suitable lighting in work spaces, dedicated spaces for construction of models, personal spaces for each of the students and general facilities. Additional point is granted if materials and tools free of charge for the students are provided by the program.
BAM Ranking takes the QS University Ranking by Subject 2018 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 the programs which are presented by the first 10th universities of architecture ranked of the QS Ranking by Subject 2018.
In addition, the study plan will obtain an extra point in case of implementing innovative teaching methods. This includes new technologies, tools, processes and activities that promote innovation and boldness in the master’s degree.