What is it?

The Postgraduate Taught Experience Survey (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.

It is open to students taking postgraduate taught courses (e.g. MA, MSc, MBA), whether studying in the UK or with one of our overseas centres.

The PTES 2017 will launch at the University of Bolton on 15th February 2017.

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.

Every eligible University of Bolton student who takes part in the PTES 2017 will be entered into a prize draw with three cash prizes (£50, £30 and £20). Winners will be notified by email by 14th July 2017 and the results will be announced on the University website by 28th July 2017.

What does it cover?

PTES concentrates on your course and includes:

  • motivations for taking your course;
  • information you were given to help choose your course;
  • your experience of teaching and learning;
  • the organisation of your course;
  • resources and services;
  • assessment and dissertation (or major project);
  • career development. 

What happens to the results?

Your feedback is important. Over one hundred universities and colleges take part. This means we can compare your experience against similar postgraduates at other institutions to see if we are supporting your learning as we should. We use the findings to improve our courses and the learning experience for future students.

Over 1,300 of our students were invited to take part in the survey in 2016 and a response rate of 30% was achieved.

The national findings from the PTES 2016 are available here.

Is it anonymous?

The survey is confidential and no-one will be able to identify you from any results. The survey asks that any comments you make should not identify yourself or any specific members of staff.

What do I need to do?

Eligible students will receive an email with a personalised link to the online questionnaire during the week commencing 13th February 2017. Simply click on the link and complete the online form. The survey is open until 15th June 2017.