Student surveysPostgraduate Taught Experience Survey (PTES)

The PTES is an annual survey, devised to find out about the experience of postgraduates on taught courses.

We’re keen to make sure our postgraduate students have the best possible experience while studying at Strathclyde. To do that we need your feedback to let us know what you think we are doing well and what we can do better.

The survey is designed by Advance HE. If you're on a postgraduate taught programme, full or part time, distance learning or attending, you should be included in the survey. We need your help so we can continue to develop the courses, services and support we provide to our postgraduate taught students. Your views will make a difference!

If you’re thinking about taking part, these are the answers to some of the questions students often ask:

What is it?

The Postgraduate Taught Experience Survey or PTES is a national survey of postgraduate taught students inviting them to comment on their course and experience. The questionnaire takes around 15 minutes to complete, includes tick box questions as well as the chance to comment via free text towards the end of the survey.

Why should I take part?

The Postgraduate Taught Experience Survey is your chance to tell us your thoughts about your course. The results help us compare how we are doing with other institutions, to make changes that will improve what we do in future and to keep doing the things that you value. This will help improve the experience of students like you in the future. We're also including a prize draw with a £300 Amazon voucher to be won!

What does it cover?

PTES concentrates on your course and includes:

  • The experience of teaching and learning, including: staff, learning materials, working with other students, workload, and feeding back on experience;
  • Engagement and course challenge;
  • Assessment and feedback, including supervisor support for dissertation or major project;
  • Organisation and management, including induction and involvement in course decisions;
  • Resources and services, including learning resources and overall support;
  • Skills development, including independent learning, research skills and career skills;
  • Overall satisfaction and motivation for taking the programme and information provided by the institution to help course choice;

What happens to the results?

Your feedback is important. Over one hundred universities and colleges take part in the PTES every year. This means we can compare your experience against similar postgraduates at other institutions as well as compare your responses from that of previous years'. We use the findings to improve our courses and the learning experience for future students. To see details of some of the changes made as a result of student feedback please visit

Is it anonymous?

Your survey response is confidential to the team processing the results and no reporting outside of this team will identify any individual. Any results communicated to teaching staff will be anonymised and reports are produced in aggregate format.
The survey asks that any comments you make should not identify yourself or any specific members of staff.

What do I need to do?

You will receive an email with a link to the questionnaire when the survey launches. Reminders will also be sent while the survey is open to those who haven't yet responded. Simply click on the link and complete the online form. You can also access the survey on Myplace.

Where can I find out more?

If you want to opt out, are unsure about anything to do with the survey, or have any difficulty contact the Student Surveys Team by email:

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