Brain Sciences


PTES survey reveals widespread satisfaction among the Faculty’s postgraduates

6 July 2021

Over 95% of our Master's students would recommend the UCL Faculty of Brain Sciences according to the recent Postgraduate Taught Experience Survey (PTES).

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The 2021 results reveal our postgraduate taught students are among the most satisfied overall at UCL, particularly with teaching and learning, and Covid-19 support and communications.

The Division of Psychiatry achieved outstanding results, scoring a 93% overall satisfaction rate for its portfolio of Master’s programmes, second only to one other UCL department. Over 98% of respondents indicated that they would recommend the Division.

Other postgraduate taught programmes with exemplary overall satisfaction rates* include:

  • MSc Behaviour Change - 100%
  • MSc Cognitive Neuroscience - 100%
  • PG Cert Cognitive Behavioural Therapy - 100%
  • MSc Clinical Neurology - 100%
  • MSc Speech and Language Sciences - 94%
  • MSc Dementia: Causes, Treatments and Research (Neuroscience) - 92.3%

The PTES is the only UK higher education sector-wide survey to gain insight from taught postgraduate students about their learning and teaching experience. It focuses on engagement, assessment and feedback, organisation and management, resources and services and skills development.

Faculty Dean Professor Alan Thompson said: “We are delighted that our postgraduate students continue to rate their learning experience with us so highly. It is excellent that so many students took the time to participate in the survey, particularly during the Covid crisis. A huge thank you to all our staff, whose incredible response to the many challenges during the pandemic has contributed to these outstanding results.”

Professor Glyn Lewis Director of the Division of Psychiatry: “These are great results for the Division of Psychiatry. Congratulations to Professor Sonia Johnson, the MSc team, module leads, lecturers and professional services staff, who have responded with energy and imagination to the unprecedented challenges of the lockdown. This has been a team effort involving almost everyone in the Division. It is reassuring to see that our commitment to postgraduate education is appreciated by the students.”


*results for programmes with a low survey participation rate (i.e. fewer than five) are not returned.