Teaching & Learning


OFS Postgraduate Taught Pilot Survey (PGS)

UCL participated in the pilot of the Office for Students’ new nationwide survey for postgraduates on taught programmes. Please note that this is suspended indefinitely.

The Postgraduate Survey (PGS) was open from 19 April to 31 May 2022 for students in the final year of their postgraduate programme.  

Eligible students received invitations and reminders to complete the survey from Ipsos MORI, who organise the survey on behalf of the Office for Students. 

You can review results from 2022 PGS and previous editions of the Postgraduate Taught Experience Survey PTES (UCL log in required).  

About the Postgraduate Taught Pilot Survey 

The Postgraduate Survey was a survey from the Office for Students, who also run the National Student Survey.  

Ipsos MORI, an independent survey research agency, managed the PGS on behalf of the Office for Students.  

The survey consisted of 28 questions, covering topics including course content, assessment and learning resources, as well as students’ motivations for study.  

Postgraduate students on taught programmes received an email invitation to complete the PGS questionnaire online and may also have been contacted by SMS messages or telephone calls from Ipsos MORI. 

Frequently asked questions 

Which students are eligible for the Postgraduate Survey? 

The survey was for taught postgraduate students in their final year of study. Students who were surveyed were expected to complete their programme between 1 November 2021 and 31 October 2022. This ensured that students beginning twelve-month courses in September 2021 on a full-time basis were included in the sample. 

Taught postgraduate programmes include Master’s, PGCE, PGCert and PGDip programmes.  

Students on MRes programmes were not included in the survey.  

How will the results be used?  

Departments received programme-level results for programmes that receive at least 10 responses to the Postgraduate Survey. The 10-respondent threshold helps to protect confidentiality.  

Results will help to drive improvements in academic departments and support services across UCL. You can find examples of changes inspired by student feedback on the You Shaped UCL site.  

Results from the survey will not be published externally, but the Office for Students may compile general reports / comments on the landscape of postgraduate education based on the results.  

Who can I contact with questions about the survey?  

Please direct any queries to student.engagement@ucl.ac.uk