Example of a dissertation preface

The interactive example shows what a preface (or foreword) to a dissertation may look like. The basic guidelines for writing a preface have all been followed.

In the preface, you can talk about your experience in writing your dissertation and thank the people helped you. The first person voice (“I”) is commonly used, as in this example. The trick is to write the preface in a style that is personal yet still professional.

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Example of a preface

Before you lies the dissertation “Corporate Communication: What is it?”, the basis of which is a survey on corporate communications that was conducted among several municipalities. It has been written to fulfill the graduation requirements of the Communications Program at the Fontys Tilburg School of Economics (FEHT). I was engaged in researching and writing this dissertation from January to June 2014.

The project was undertaken at the request of Central P., where I undertook an internship. My research question was formulated together with my supervisor, Phoebe Buffay. The research was difficult, but conducting extensive investigation has allowed me to answer the question that we identified. Fortunately, both Ms. Buffay and my tutors from the FEHT, Messrs C. Bing and R. Geller, were always available and willing to answer my queries.

I would like to thank my supervisors for their excellent guidance and support during this process. I also wish to thank all of the respondents, without whose cooperation I would not have been able to conduct this analysis.

To my other colleagues at Central P.: I would like to thank you for your wonderful cooperation as well. It was always helpful to bat ideas about my research around with you. I also benefitted from debating issues with my friends and family. If I ever lost interest, you kept me motivated. My parents deserve a particular note of thanks: your wise counsel and kind words have, as always, served me well.

I hope you enjoy your reading.

Rachel Green

Amsterdam, July 15, 2016

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