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Postgraduate Taught Experience Survey

  • What is the Postgraduate Taught Experience Survey

The Postgraduate Taught Experience Survey or PTES is a national survey of postgraduate taught students.  The  survey is run by AdvanceHE on behalf of many UK universities.

By taking part in the survey, your feedback can lead to enhancements in your learning and teaching experience.

PTES and PRES Winner and runner up 2023

What do I need to do?

The survey launches on 4  March 2024 and will be open until 30 April 2024.

Eligible students will receive automated personalised notifications to fill-in the survey on the day that it launches and on key points during the period that the survey is open. Reminders via email and social media will be circulated regularly to maximise outreach.

  • Frequently asked questions

Who is eligible?

Students must be studying a course of at least 60 credits at postgraduate level that is mainly taught; we expect these to be Masters, PGCE, PGDip and PGCert courses.


Postgraduate taught students who have started their studies in September/October 2023 will be eligible for PTES 2024. Students who started in January 2024 will be eligible to participate in PTES 2025.

Is it anonymous?

Your survey response is confidential to the team processing the results and no reporting outside of this team will identify any individual. Any results communicated to teaching staff will be anonymised.

The survey asks that any comments you make should not identify yourself or any specific members of staff.

What does it cover?

The Postgraduate Taught Experience Survey focuses on your course and covers the following:

  • Teaching and Learning
  • Engagement
  • Community
  • Assessment and feedback
  • Dissertation or major project
  • Organisation and management
  • Resources
  • Support
  • Skills development
  • Overall satisfaction

The survey takes around 10 minutes to complete.

What happens to the results?

Your feedback is important. At Middlesex University we work closely with the Students’ Union to ensure our students can make their voices heard. Your feedback helps us to identify what is working well and any enhancements that can be made to the student experience.

You can find more details of changes made as a result of student feedback on the Your Impact page.

You can check out the results of previous PTES surveys here.

In previous years, students' feedback has led to improvements including:

    • Careers and Employability – we've set up a new course to support you in learning how to target the right employer in the UK and a dedicated guide to your career, additional career resources for international students including a list of sponsoring companies at our annual careers fair Gradstock. We've also increased support for students seeking part-time work and created a brand-new guide to finding a part-time job.
    • Mental Wellbeing Support – we've developed a wide range of support, including online guidance and apps to maintain your wellbeing; as well as counselling and mental health appointments and workshops; and  support for those with disabilities or dyslexia.
    • Cost of Living support and Catering - managing your finances can be challenging, and we want you to have the help you need to get the most out of your time at Middlesex. We've continued the Living Costs Fund and details of all financial supportis available online. We’ve also increased our free food offer throughout the week - check out the free food options on campus on Unihub, or on the MDXapp.

Complete the survey for a chance to win!

There are 10 x £50 'Love to Shop' vouchers up for grabs.

All you need to do to be in with a chance to win once the survey opens on 4 March 2024 is complete the survey online by 30 April 2024. Your answers are anonymised and not linked to your draw entry. The Student Engagement Team will randomly select the winners.

The Student Engagement team will contact the winners via email by the 10 May 2024, and results will be announced here on UniHub by 19 May 2024.

Terms and Conditions:

A cash alternative cannot be substituted for the prize.

We respect your privacy. All survey responses are anonymised and by entering the prize draw we will not be able to see your feedback.

Where can I find out more?

If you have any questions, or have any difficulty accessing the survey, please contact surveys@mdx.ac.uk

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