The main objective of the PhD programme in the scientific discipline of ‘Ethnology' is to prepare highly qualified researchers and lecturers in the field of humanities and social studies. An important task for those who have successfully completed their doctorates is to be highly competent and competitive not only in Bulgaria, but also within the European Union.

The mission of the training meets the social needs arising from the process of democratization in cultural, social, political and economic aspect. It aims to expand the fundamental, profiled and specialized preparedness acquired during studies on the graduate level. Particular attention is paid to the research and applied scientific work of the doctoral students by offering in-depth knowledge of the latest advances in the field of ethnology and social studies and the development skills for the implementation and carrying out of independent research projects.