Skip to main content

Postgraduate Taught Experience Survey (PTES) 2021

The Postgraduate Taught Experience Survey (PTES) is the only sector-wide survey in the UK to gain insight on the teaching and learning experiences of taught postgraduate students.

Some of the findings from this year's survey include:

  • Levels of overall satisfaction are currently at their lowest since PTES began, mainly due to postgraduate taught students (PGTs) who had expected in-person teaching but received teaching remotely. 
  • The largest negative trend was around the ability to discuss work with other students, with a drop of 11 percentage points since last year. 
  • Of students who were strongly dissatisfied with their course, 82% had considered leaving, and of those, a quarter were doing so because the course delivery was not as expected. 
  • A main concern of distance-learning PGTs was how study balanced with their other commitments.
  • Just over 1 in 10 (12%) of respondents disagreed that access to health and wellbeing support met their needs. For PGTs who declared a disability, 20% disagreed that this support met their needs, rising to 29% of students declaring three or more intersecting disabilities.

Access PTES 2021 and a key findings infographic below.

PTES logo 580-330
Postgraduate Taught Experience Survey (PTES) 2021
Postgraduate Taught Experience Survey (PTES) 2021 View Document
Infographic: PTES 2021
Infographic: PTES 2021 View Document