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Write a draft of the introduction now, containing ...
  • what are you trying to achieve? why is it important?
Leave it while you write the rest.

After you finish the rest, come back and re-write it ...

  • significance/importance of the general topic area
  • brief review of current state-of-the-art in the area
  • the aim of your study and what are its implications
  • summary of the main results and implications
  • structure of rest of thesis; what does each chapter give