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Further information

Contact studentengagement@bath.ac.uk for advice on PTES

Postgraduate Taught Experience Survey

The national Postgraduate Taught Experience Survey (PTES) is coordinated by the Higher Education Academy (HEA) and has been running since 2009.

PTES is available to all higher education institutions across the UK with postgraduate taught (PGT) student provision. In 2016 over 100 HEIs are participating in the survey.

PTES helps institutions enhance the quality of the PGT experience by collecting feedback from current PGT students in a systematic and user-friendly way.

Find out more about PTES from the HEA

Scope of the survey

The primary aim of the survey is to measure the overall experience of studying at the postgraduate taught level. Areas for questioning have been designed to explore:

  • teaching and learning
  • engagement
  • assessment and feedback
  • dissertation or major project
  • organisation and management
  • resources and services
  • skills development
  • overview
  • motivation.

In addition, this year the University of Bath will ask additional questions on each of the following topics:

  • information provision
  • academic induction
  • global learning
  • learning technology
  • academic skills
  • personal tutoring
  • student support and welfare
  • student voice
  • Students' Union

The PTES timetable

The schedule for this year is:

  • start date: Wednesday 15 March
  • close date: Thursday 16 June

Encouraging student participation

This year the University has set a target response rate of 40%.

Weekly response rate figures are provided that enable us to target our marketing and promotional activities to specific departments and programmes to ensure they reach the thresholds for publication.

In order to collect the most accurate data possible we want to encourage a high number of responses from our students.

If you would like to further raise the profile of the PTES with students in your Department, we have made a range of marketing materials available.

Feeding back to students

Responding to student feedback is an effective way of encouraging participation in future surveys. It is expected that results of the PTES will be fed back to the student body by departments and their Staff Student Liaison Committee so that students can see that the University has been responsive to their feedback.

The Code of Practice on the Annual Monitoring of Units and Programmes (QA51) outlines how academic departments should respond to the data from PTES.

Read the QA51 statement on the Annual Monitoring of Units and Programmes

Survey methodology

PTES uses the same method as the Careers in Research Online Survey (CROS), which has been used successfully by HEIs across the UK in recent years for collecting feedback from research staff, and the Postgraduate Research Experience Survey (PRES) for collecting feedback from research students. Both surveys are based on online questionnaires that are delivered via the Bristol Online Surveys (BOS) website.