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Postgraduate Taught Experience Survey (PTES)

Launched in 2009, the HEA's annual Postgraduate Taught Experience Survey (PTES) is the only sector-wide survey to gain insight from taught postgraduate students about their learning and teaching experience.

PTES enables your organisation to gather information about the experience of any taught postgraduate student on a Masters, Postgraduate Certificate or Diploma course.

We are currently taking expressions of interest for institutions to participate in PTES 2016. You can find out more here.

The survey focuses on students’ experiences regarding:

  • teaching and learning
  • engagement
  • assessment and feedback
  • organisation and management
  • resources and services
  • skills development

It also considers students’ motivations for taking their programme and – where relevant – their experience of undertaking a dissertation or major project.

We developed PTES in consultation with the sector and robustly tested the survey across diverse disciplines, institutions and students to ensure it produces valid results.

Find out more about why you should participate in PTES

Benchmark organisational performance

PTES results can be used to benchmark your organisation’s postgraduate provision against others in the sector. Standard benchmarking allows comparison with mission groups such as Russell Group, Universities Alliance and GuildHE. Custom benchmarking allows comparison with your own selection of participating institutions. Results can be broken down by a range of course and demographic factors, helping you target enhancement where it is most needed.

PTES incorporates some questions from the National Student Survey (NSS) to allow for comparisons between undergraduate and postgraduate provision. Nationally, the results are also used to inform sector bodies and policy makers about the experience students can expect across the UK.

Growing numbers

The number of organisations and students taking part has grown with every survey since PTES was launched in 2009. PTES 2015 had 72,297 responses from 100 participating institutions this is up from 67,580 last year. To see what this tells us about taught postgraduate education in the UK, read our national PTES reports.

The list of particpating institutions for PTES 2015 can be found here

Useful resources

- Engagement for enhancement

- Surveys of student engagement in the UK

- PTES final reports