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Postgraduate Taught Experience Survey 2023

The Advance HE Postgraduate Taught Experience Survey (PTES) is the largest survey of its kind.

Nearly 84,000 taught postgraduate students from across 101 higher education institutions took part in the survey, which allows taught postgraduate students to give feedback about learning, teaching and other aspects of their courses, informing enhancement across the sector.

Key findings from the survey include:

  • 83% of students were satisfied overall with their experience, up one per cent on 2022 and the highest since 2016 and 2014 when it also reached 83%.
  • Satisfaction levels among non-EU overseas students have continued to increase and now exceed by a sizeable margin those of UK students across all measures of the postgraduate experience – including teaching, engagement with the course, assessment, skills development and course organisation.
  • 18% of postgraduate taught students had considered leaving their course and, of those, the number who cited financial difficulties increased from 8% in 2022 to 11% in 2023.

The 2023 PTES report is available to all and can be accessed below.

Postgraduate Taught Experience Survey 2023: findings for the sector
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Postgraduate Research Experience Survey 2023

The 2023 Postgraduate Research Experience Survey (PRES) report was published on 24 November. Surveying nearly 14,000 postgraduate researchers from 62 institutions, the survey is the largest of its kind and provides the opportunity for postgraduate research students to give feedback about their learning experience, supervision and research environment, informing activity to enhance their experience.  

Access the PRES 2023 report here