This is a sample of an introduction chapter for a PhD dissertation. I started working on it, but then the customer suddenly changed his mind and canceled the order before even seeing the introduction I prepared, so it remained my intellectual property.
The sample showcases the major sections that should be included into a typical Chapter 1 of a dissertation. Obviously, some exceptions and variations are possible, but this is a classical structure:
A short introduction to the topic
- The study’s background containing data about the issue
- The problem that you identify as a researcher and plan to examine in this very research
- Research purpose derived from the problem and showing what exactly your study is aimed at
- Research objectives formulated on the basis of your problem and purpose – the backbone of the study forming the basis for research questions and hypotheses
- Definition of key terms. If your study is quantitative, here you may show how you are planning to operationalize your variables. In other cases, you give definitions to show what your terminology means for a non-professional, to simplify reading and foster understanding for your audience.
- Significance of the study – here it was unified with the research purpose according to the customer’s wish, but it usually goes as a separate section outlining why such a study is important and what value it will have for the area.
- Organization of the study is given at the end of the first chapter as a roadmap to further research. It indicates the number of chapters and briefly summarizes the contents of each chapter to simplify navigation across a large PhD study.
Here is the basic structure of a PhD dissertation’s introduction. If you have any specific instructions from your educational establishment – no problem, I can tailor the writing to your individual needs. Look through the sample, evaluate its quality, and if you like what you see – do not hesitate to contact me, I can write a similarly great introduction to your dissertation!