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Postgraduate Taught Experience Survey (PTES)

The Postgraduate Taught Experience Survey (PTES) is an independent national survey of the experiences of Masters students in UK universities. We consistently score very well in these, and were in 2015 awarded a special letter of commendation by our vice-chancellor for sustained performance in this regard. Our average overall satisfaction rate across the last three surveys has been 87% (the average for these years across the sector in the UK has been 82.7%). Our average performance by sector across the last three surveys has been as follows:


Centre for Cultural & Media Policy Studies average rating 2014, 2015, 2016

Sector average rating 2014, 2015, 2016

Teaching and Learning 89.3% 82%
Engagement 88% 78.3%
Assessment and Feedback 82.7% 72.3%
Dissertation 79.7% 78.3%
Organisation and Management 84% 73.3%
Learning Resources 86.7% 83%
Skills and Personal Development 82% 77.3%
Quality of information provided 85.3% 84%

The survey gives students a chance to comment on their experience of studying at postgraduate level. Students in recent years have regularly made comments in these surveys such as the following:

“Very good teaching quality, impressed by very good support from all professors, very good reading list.”

“Professors are available for discussion. They give a feeling of being approachable and seem interested in your research topics.”

“This course has enabled me to gain the confidence to change career, partly through my academic development, but also on a personal level through gaining confidence in my abilities.”

“The staff have been excellent, teaching has been stimulating and challenging.”

“I got to know more about myself, as an individual and a professional… I particularly liked the international atmosphere in my course. Meeting and working with people from different cultural backgrounds are awesome.”

“What I like most of all in my course is that it combines theory and practice and gives opportunities to test my abilities and realise my strengths and weaknesses. I started feeling confident in my future career path.”

“Excellent bibliographies, inspiring lectures, good variety in option modules. I am very happy that I decided to do my Masters here.”