Follow our layout guide above so that each piece of vital information is contained in its own mini section. It's more than likely that your research relies upon lots of technical terms, concepts and techniques.
If you must talk about any of these in the introduction, be sure to offer clear and concise definitions.
Remember: they should be able to understand what your thesis is about, how it was conducted and why it is important just from reading the introduction. Instead, you should make the aims, questions and contribution clear in the opening lines and then gradually layer on more detail. Present too much detail too soon and the reader is confused.
If you present too little detail then they won't be able to. The last place you want confusion is in the introduction; if the reader can’t follow your introduction, they won’t understand the thesis.
Your introduction should contain a clear statement of the research question and the aims of the research (closely related to the question).
It should also introduce and briefly review the literature on your topic to show what is already known and explain the theoretical framework.
Some good ideas for making your introduction strong include: Your introduction is the reader’s ‘door’ into your thesis or dissertation.
It therefore needs to make sense to the non-expert.
Your reader (and examiner) will thank you, because they'll be able to understand exactly what your study is about just from reading the introductory pages.
Keep this guide to hand, whatever stage of the writing process you are at.