Writing an Introduction of a Master’s Thesis
How do you go about the introduction section of a master’s thesis? Is it the same as any other thesis, or it has some additional or special information? What information should a student include in this section of a dissertation? All your troubling questions about what a master’s thesis entails would be answered in this piece.
The first chapter of a thesis is named “Introduction” because it introduces readers to the research topic and gives some background. However, you can decide to use another name for it depending on your field of studies. Also, there is no “one-way” format of writing an introduction, and it may differ depending on your field. That notwithstanding, there is a general guideline you can follow or modify if necessary to shape your introduction.
Structuring a Thesis Introduction
One of the biggest challenges many thesis writers face when writing an introduction is to put their work into context before stipulating the statement of the problem. Such a situation can inevitably make the section bulky. The best practice to make it concise yet very informative. It is possible to introduce your topic economically but with all the necessary information required in that section.
There are several ways to achieve this feat, including going straight to the point. Never try to keep your readers in suspense when writing a thesis introduction. It is always best to elaborate your statement of the problem without any lengthy background and later contextualize it. As soon as a reader goes through your introduction, he or she should be able to point out the problem you seek to address. So, in the first few paragraphs, briefly state the broad question and then narrow it down.
How your introduction should look
Introduction to the introduction: This may sound a little weird, but it’s good to introduce the opening of your thesis in a manner that, in just a few paragraphs, the reader gets to know what your thesis is about. It is a way to grab your readers’ attention and wet appetite to want to learn more. This section can start with a thought-provoking question, which you can briefly answer in subsequent paragraphs.
Now that you’ve grabbed your readers’ attention, briefly provide a full context of your problem, bearing in mind the information provided in the opening paragraph. How deep or shallow your put your context would depend on the content of the literature review. In a previous article, I stated why the introduction should be one of the chapters written after completing your project.
State your problem
Now that you’ve put your study into context, the next step is to state the problem you are researching and its relevance to your field of study. This short paragraph should reaffirm what with the previous sections. At this point, the reader should know the gap at earlier research, which you seek to address or bridge with your study.
State your response
In what manner are you trying to address the problem identified? What measure would you employ in the research to provide accurate findings?
This paragraph should briefly tell the reader the procedure for the research. What are methods you would use to obtain data? What methodology is appropriate to achieve the intended objectives? The reader should be evident in mind the processes used.
I hope this structure helps as you try to write the introductory chapter of your master’s thesis. Don’t hesitate to adjust to suit your field as and when it is needed. We hope this gives a general overview of what is expected of you and can help you develop an attention-grabbing introduction.