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Postgraduate Taught Survey

This new survey for taught postgraduates aims to find out more about the academic aspects of your degree and help us identify what’s going well and where improvements are needed.

Taught postgraduates have different needs to undergraduate or research students and it’s vital that we find out more about what matters to you. 

UCL took part in the postgraduate survey pilot from the Office for Students (OfS), which was open from 19 April until 31 May 2022.  

Over 6,000 UCL postgraduates took part in the survey, an overall response rate of 46%. 

Results from the survey will help UCL improve the academic experience and support services for postgraduates. You can see examples of how student feedback has inspired changes on the You Shaped UCL pages.   

Frequently asked questions 

What is the Postgraduate Survey?  

The Office for Students’ Postgraduate Survey is a survey which focuses purely on the experiences of postgraduate taught e.g. Master’s, PGCE, PGDip and PGCert students. Students in their final year of study are asked to complete the survey.  

The survey is comprised of 28 questions which ask about your learning experience, including questions on teaching, assessment and learning resources.  

The survey takes around 10 minutes to complete.  

Why is UCL participating?  

UCL recognises that postgraduate taught students face particular challenges and often have specific priorities, such as career development. Results from the survey will be valuable in understanding how well UCL meets the expectations of our postgraduate students.  

Participating in the survey pilot will also help UCL influence the ongoing development of the Office for Students’ postgraduate survey.  

Are my responses anonymous? 

Yes, your answers are always carefully anonymised, and responses are not matched against your student record. Results are never reported in groups smaller than 10 respondents. 

Why should I complete the survey?  

UCL can’t make improvements without your feedback. Your survey responses will help to build an up-to-date picture of the UCL postgraduate student experience. Good response rates mean that more postgraduate students across UCL have made their voice heard and we have an accurate picture across UCL. 

Improvements inspired by previous postgraduate students’ feedback have included:  

  • Longer UCL Careers appointments 
  • Dedicated study areas for postgraduates 
  • Opening the Academic Communication Centre to support students’ academic writing skills.  

You can find more examples of changes made in response to student feedback on the You Shaped UCL site.