Problem Statement Development for PhD

For a PhD thesis, the problem statement may be the linking pin for readers and reviewers. It is what communicates to the reader the crux of the entire study in terms of a question and a probable answer. Hence, it must be clear, crisp and rather attractive. Your problem statement will ensure that the readers be interested in going through your entire report.

This statement is a part of the introduction of a thesis. This is how you should go about writing your problem statement:

  • Present the problem

The first step is to explain what you have chosen to study and more importantly, why? Explain the ideal situation and point out the deficits or impediments to such conditions that you wish to address through your research. The rationale for study needs to be clearly communicated to justify an in depth research.

  • Provide evidence

To stress the seriousness of the issue, you must back the problem with reliable data. A problem statement is only effective when supported by authentic factual data. The sources of such evidence must be well cited as footnotes or appendices.

  • Propose the solution

After stating the problem emphatically, present the solution derived as a result of the study. Here, the solution is not presented in detail but rather concisely just to indicate the success of the research. This way, the readers know what conclusions to expect. The methodology used to reach the conclusion is also worth mentioning here.

  • Polish the statement

As with every section, thorough revision and editing of the problem statement is a must. The problem statement should be free from any loopholes in terms of facts and figures, language or format. All frivolous details must be removed and essential facts must be highlighted. You must also stay within the word limit that is prescribed by your college or thesis committee.

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