Students

Postgraduate Taught Experience Survey (PTES)

The annual Postgraduate Taught Experience Survey is the chance for taught postgraduates to give feedback on their experiences of learning and teaching at the University.

What does it ask about?

The survey questions are broken down into the following areas:

  • Teaching and learning
  • Engagement
  • Assessment and feedback
  • Dissertation or major project
  • Organisation and management
  • Skills development
  • Employability
  • Student safety
  • Overview
  • Resources and services

Students are encouraged to take an overview of the whole programme and have an opportunity to comment after each section, as well as at the end of the questionnaire.

How do I take part?

The survey is open from March until June and is completed online.

Student.surveys@ed.ac.uk will email all eligible students with a link to the survey.

You can also to access the survey through the surveys channel on MyEd.

About the MyEd portal

What happens to my responses?

Responses are anonymous and are collected by Advance HE.

All the responses are aggregated to produce an overall national report.

The responses from students at each participating university are also aggregated into a confidential report for that institution.

The University then uses the results to understand, and work to enhance, the experience of our students.

We can benchmark our results against the sector and within benchmarking clubs, and consider whether the experiences and patterns reported nationally are reflective of our own students’ experience.

The focus is on internal enhancement rather than league tables.

Why should I take part?

We analyse the results and make recommendations for change based on the findings, and the results and feedback, including free text comments, are used by Schools to improve and enhance the student experience for future students. It is a chance to give your feedback on your experience of the University as a postgraduate student.