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Postgraduate Taught Experience Survey (PTES)

The Postgraduate Taught Experience Survey (PTES) is an annual survey for Master’s, PGCE, PGCert and PGDip students at UCL. Discover more about the survey and review our latest results.

The PTES is an annual nationwide survey for Master's, PGCE, PGCert and PGDip students, organised by Advance HE.

2021 PTES

The 2021 edition of the PTES will ran from 17 May - 17 June. Overall, 6426 students completed the PTES in 2021, giving UCL a response rate of 36.3%.

See results from the 2021 PTES (login required).

Please see a list fo the questions to be included in the PTES below: 


The 2020 edition of the survey was completed by over 5,500 UCL students, for a 32% total response rate.  

The PTES focuses on students’ experiences regarding teaching and learning, engagement, assessment and feedback, organisation and management, resources and services and skills development.

PTES results are confidential to us and do not inform league tables.

They do, however, enable comparison with the Russell Group overall and the wider sector, as well as year-on-year benchmarking of scores at UCL, department and faculty level. 

You can read more about the sector-wide PTES on the AdvanceHE website.

UCL's PTES results

PTES 2021 (login required)

PTES 2020 (login required)

PTES 2019 (login required)

Why the PTES matters to students

The PTES gives students on taught postgraduate programmes a chance to provide open and honest feedback on UCL, their course and their department. 

It also considers students’ motivations for taking their programme and – where relevant – experience of undertaking a dissertation or major project. 

The results and anonymised comments from the survey will be considered as we continue to build an inspirational student experience. 

Feedback from surveys including the PTES has already inspired numerous changes across UCL.