Intellectual property and making money from your dissertation project (application)

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I'm doing my dissertation this year for my Computing for Business bachelor and am thinking of making an app or website that I could potentially make money from. I.e. if i made an app for a small business, would I be able to charge them for this service or if I made an app that could have advertisements added/some other kind of income? I am not sure what the intellectual property rights are or whether this is just not allowed for some reason as I have never heard of someone making money from their dissertation.
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I asked my course leader this very question in preparation for my third year. He told me that universities own such projects so you wouldn't be able to develop it further.
However, he also said that an application could be made to the university to acquire ownership of the project. He stressed that no mention should be made of plans to commercialize the project as the uni would be unlikely to give up rights to a project they can profit from.
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I asked my course leader this very question in preparation for my third year. He told me that universities own such projects so you wouldn't be able to develop it further.
However, he also said that an application could be made to the university to acquire ownership of the project. He stressed that no mention should be made of plans to commercialize the project as the uni would be unlikely to give up rights to a project they can profit from.
Thanks for the help! If you dont mind clearing it up though... So the university will own my project forever or just until I have graduated? If I kept the plans to commercialise private until the end of the course could I then potentially make money from it?
One of the project options is to make an app for a local business, so if they offered me money upon completion I would have to make the uni aware/give the earnings to the uni?
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Thanks for the help! If you dont mind clearing it up though... So the university will own my project forever or just until I have graduated? If I kept the plans to commercialise private until the end of the course could I then potentially make money from it?
One of the project options is to make an app for a local business, so if they offered me money upon completion I would have to make the uni aware/give the earnings to the uni?
As I understood it, you can develop the app as long as it's part of the project but you can't develop it beyond that. The uni owns it forever. If we want to develop it further, get ownership of it by applying to the uni (probably after you submit your dissertation). Otherwise you're just developing an app on behalf of the uni rather than yourself.
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