This study introduces a methodological approach for exploring taught postgraduate (PGT) student experience as a relationship with emotion and wellbeing. We examine the anatomy of PGT student emotions at one UK university and explore their functional and consequential role in student experience. Findings suggest PGT student experience is defined by a complex array of emotions that interact closely with appraisal, motivation, and behaviour. They have deleterious or beneficial impact on core dimensions of learning and wellbeing including engagement, cognitive flexibility, and social connectedness. Our methodological approach provides an avenue for exploring this complexity through a multi-level and revelatory examination of emotions, from which it is possible to develop proactive approaches to student wellbeing through improved emotion awareness, competencies, and control.
- taught postgraduate
- Student experience
- multi-level qualitative analysis
- Wellbeing, taught postgraduate
- Student experience, multi-level qualitative analysis, emotion