Can you sell your completed dissertation to make money?

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musicplaying
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Is this possible? Could do with the cash. Anyone know of any websites that will buy, or is this generally a bad idea?

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what do you mean sell?

like publish?....or like letting somebody else claim it as theirs?

the first: yeah. the second will probably lose you whatever qualification it went towards.
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Only if you are desperate for money

Ur Coursework = hardwork = pride
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Its self plagiarism?
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(Original post by musicplaying)
Is this possible? Could do with the cash. Anyone know of any websites that will buy, or is this generally a bad idea?

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Hello,
I am thinking of selling my dissertation to companies, do you think this is viable?


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I think if someone rephrase the work then there will be no plagiarism and no problem.
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I think if someone rephrase the work then there will be no plagiarism and no problem.
Thread is c8 years old. Please dont bump dead threads.
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Sure, you can do it. If however anyone finds out that someone else used your dissertation, they will be the ones to face the music and be stripped of any credential it goes towards. Of course, I presume you have your own dissertation that you submitted and the one you wish to sell is a separate and less valuable dissertation.

If you sell the dissertation you used, that's a very stupid idea, since there's a system and database for cross-checking them.
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(Original post by TechnoPirate)
Sure, you can do it. If however anyone finds out that someone else used your dissertation, they will be the ones to face the music and be stripped of any credential it goes towards. Of course, I presume you have your own dissertation that you submitted and the one you wish to sell is a separate and less valuable dissertation.

If you sell the dissertation you used, that's a very stupid idea, since there's a system and database for cross-checking them.
Thanks. Alot. Yes of course I don't mean ti sell the same I submitted. I mean if it is rephrased and some of the referencing is cahnged too then plagiarism will be within 10%. So i think that dissertation will be a new.
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I'd normally not engage in a bumped topic from 8 years ago, but for this one I shall make an exception.

You cannot sell your completed dissertation as a publication or for extra money. By submitting it to your academic institution, it is recognised as the intellectual property of the University. You don't own it. They do.

The amount of legal documentation I had to go through just to do a joint MSc dissertation between an academic institution and my employer. It's a battle for intellectual property, and who owns what. What is the case is that it 100% isn't yours. You write it on behalf of the institution. Any publication will be done through your academic institution and will reference you as the author, but any rights are controlled and gained by the university.

TLDR; Sorry, no.
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I think if someone rephrase the work then there will be no plagiarism and no problem.
Rephrasing work is still plagiarism
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Thanks. Alot. Yes of course I don't mean ti sell the same I submitted. I mean if it is rephrased and some of the referencing is cahnged too then plagiarism will be within 10%. So i think that dissertation will be a new.
Universities don’t just rely on turnitin reports to identify plagiarism. Rewording and not attributing someone else’s work is plagiarism.
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Is this possible? Could do with the cash. Anyone know of any websites that will buy, or is this generally a bad idea?

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Not if it is public information.
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I have been curious about who owns the rights to any work a student creates for their university degree for a while, but it is only thanks to this thread that I decided to actually look into the logistics of it. The university I looked into was the University of Leicester (because it happens to be my university lol).


Leicester University’s policy surrounding the ownership of Intellectual Property (IP) states that for students who are not employed by the university that generate IP from their programme of study with the University, if the University does not wish to protect or exploit the IP but the Inventor (aka student) does, the ‘Inventor can request the assignment of the IP in return for the University being entitled to receive an appropriate share of any income obtained by the Inventor through the exploitation of the IP’. Apparently, the share is a ‘minimum of 15% royalty on gross income generated…through the commercial exploitation of the IP’.

A link to the policy: https://www2.le.ac.uk/offices/red/documents/commercialisation/IP%20Policy.pdf


So, what I gather from this, is that for a student to sell their work they must alert their Uni of their desire to sell their work AND the university has to agree to give ownership of the work to the student. If the uni doesn’t do this, the student cannot sell their work.


If the uni decides that they wish to commercialise IP generated by a student, the student ‘must sign a studentship agreement…covering ownership and use of IP, which may include an assignment of IP to the University’, and in return the student is entitled to see some of the money the Uni makes from selling/utilising the student’s work. At Leicester, the student would keep the copyright of their work, but it is owned by the uni.



So, what I conclude from this is that any work created by a student for the university course is the IP of both the student and the university. If one wishes to commercialise the IP, they must gain full ownership of the IP from the other before moving forward. If the student asks to gain full ownership, the university can say no; if the university wants to gain full ownership, the student cannot say no.


…This, of course, is only at the Uni of Leicester. I do not know if other universities have a similar policy to this or not (though I do expect that they do).
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