Postgraduate Taught Experience Survey

The UK-wide Postgraduate Taught Experience Survey (PTES) is an annual, voluntary online survey designed to help institutions enhance the quality of taught postgraduate degree provision by collecting feedback from current postgraduate taught students.

PTES is administered by the Higher Education Academy (HEA) using the same methodology Postgraduate Research Experience Survey (PRES). It comprises a core set of questions to which institutions are also able to add their own questions. There are two library satisfaction questions

16a. Library resources and services are good enough for my needs


16b. Library resources and services are easily accessible

The respondents are offered a five-point response scales (‘Likert’ scales), where 1 = strongly disagree and 5 = strongly agree.

PTES is a flexible survey open for a maximum of 4 months from February to June

Universities are able to benchmark their results against those for the sector aggregate and against benchmarking clubs. The results for individual institutions are not currently publicly available. The national aggregated results are available at the PTES website. The Government’s 2011 Higher Education White Paper has asked sector bodies to develop and consider proposals for a public survey of Postgraduate Taught students (at least in England), similar to the National Student Survey.