When writing a thesis, you will need to write an introductory chapter. This chapter is critical as it is the first thing that the examiner will read and it is therefore important to make a good first impression. A good introduction chapter should incite the reader to read the rest of the thesis by establishing the context of your topic, the motivation for undertaking your work and the importance of your research. As a lecturer and supervisor, I have read many introductory chapters for research projects such as theses. Here is my advice to those undertaking a research project and writing a thesis. To add impact draw on research, data and quotations from international or national professional bodies, governmental organisations or key authors on the topic of study.
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Types of research degree
Our PhD course will allow you to become an expert in a specialist area and provide you with an opportunity to gain high-quality research training. During your first year you'll work on a plan for your PhD project as well as a bibliography. You'll also develop a detailed research proposal and write a literature review.
Studying for a PhD in the School of Politics and International Studies will allow you to become an expert in a specialist area, develop advanced research skills and enhance your professional development. The programme will equip you to embark on professional research careers both within and beyond the university sector. As a PhD candidate, you will conduct original research under the guidance of two supervisors and produce an original thesis of approximately , words. For the first twelve months, or eighteen months if part-time, you will be enrolled as a provisional PhD candidate. In this period, you will undertake our Foundations in Postgraduate Research induction programme and research training tailored to your needs.