Postgraduate Taught Experience Survey (PTES)


The annual PTES normally runs from February to June and asks postgraduate taught students in universities across the United Kingdom about their course and their learning experiences. This year the PTES will run from Monday 15 April to Friday 14 June 2019.

What does it ask about?

The survey includes questions about how you chose your programme of study, and your experience of the programme and dissertation or project. It also asks about the whole student learning experience, including:

  • engagement and course challenge
  • assessment and feedback, including supervisor support for dissertation (or major project)
  • organisation and management
  • resources and services
  • skills development
  • overall satisfaction and motivation for taking the programme

Who is eligible to take part?

Eligible students include all full-time and most part-time UK, EU, and international PGT students studying a programme of at least 60 credits, the greater part of which is at M level at all campuses; i.e., Newcastle, NU Medicine Malaysia, NU International Singapore, and NU London, including eLearning students. The University excludes all first year part-time students from the PTES, except when they are on a programme that is one year part-time only (e.g., PG Certificates). It also excludes students who are studying a single module only; e.g., CPD and occasional students. The PTES population includes study abroad and exchange students.

How do I take part?

The survey is open from 15 April until 14 June and must be completed online, using PCs or mobile devices. If you are eligible to complete the survey, you will receive an email with a personalised link to the survey.

What happens to my responses?

Your responses are anonymous and are collected by the Advance HE. All the responses are aggregated to produce an overall national report, published on the Advanced HE website. The responses from students at each participating university also are aggregated into a confidential report for that institution. Our previous year’s PTES results are available on the Planning Office website.

The quantitative results are discussed at relevant Boards of Studies and Student-Staff Committees. Academic Units respond to feedback with action plans, identifying any agreed actions, timescales for implementation, and who is responsible for each action. The University uses the You Said, We Did website to provide students feedback on how the University has listened to student feedback.

Why should I take part?

Shape the student experience: Your feedback is valuable in helping to enhance the postgraduate taught experience at Newcastle.

Win prizes: All the respondents are entered into a prize draw (see terms and conditions). :

  • 1st Place prize: 9.7-inch iPad Pro (one available to win)
  • 2nd Place prizes: iPad mini 4 (two available to win)
  • 3rd Place prizes: £20 Amazon gift card (20 available to win)

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