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.
Notwithstanding the provisions of Clause 4, the Board in special circumstances and subject to such conditions as the Board prescribes in each case, may accept for enrolment a person who does not hold an Honours degree of a university or a qualification deemed by the Board to be at least equivalent to an Honours degree of a university, but who has given evidence satisfactory to the Board of fitness for enrolment and whose enrolment is supported by the Board. A person who does not hold an Honours degree of the University, or who does not hold qualifications deemed by the Board to be at least equivalent may be required as a prerequisite for enrolment, to undertake and complete to the satisfaction of the Board such qualifying studies as the Board prescribes.