In the Philippines, an academic thesis is named by the degree, such as bachelor/undergraduate thesis or masteral thesis. However, in Philippine English , the term doctorate is typically replaced with doctoral (as in the case of "doctoral dissertation"), though in official documentation the former is still used. The terms thesis and dissertation are commonly used interchangeably in everyday language yet it generally understood that a thesis refers to bachelor/undergraduate and master academic work while a dissertation is named for doctorate work.
Second, theses, term papers, and dissertations require a great deal of research. Although good term papers use a wide range of research material, the scope of their research usually does not approach the scope that theses and dissertations require, and due to the shorter time frame available for writing a term paper (usually only one semester), students may decide to limit themselves to the sources that are available in the university library or through interlibrary loan. However, for theses and dissertations, students can and should acquire all the research available on their subjects, even if it means going to unusual lengths to obtain that material, and they will probably conduct some of their own primary research, such as running scientific experiments.