Centre for Behaviour Change


Advanced Modules in Behaviour Change

The modular structure of these courses allows participants to develop specialist knowledge and skills in behaviour change according to their areas of interest.

advanced modules


Principles and Practice of Behavioural Systems Mapping

A key task in developing behaviour change interventions is to choose the behaviour(s) of target population(s), group(s) and organisation(s) on which to focus in order to achieve the desired objectives. In other words to answer the question of who and what should we focus our intervention on in order to achieve our goal. For example, when attempting to reduce the amount of harmful material that is shared on a social media platform, how far show we focus directly on the behaviour of the perpetrators versus that of others in the social media space who may be in a position to discourage or report it. Behaviours form parts of interacting systems that evolve over time the choice of behavioural and population targets can usefully be informed by modelling the causal influenced in those systems: a process known as ‘behavioural systems mapping’. This module takes participants through the principles of ‘systems thinking’ and how this is applied in ‘systems mapping’. It equips participants with the knowledge and skills required to begin to create behavioural systems maps using freely available software and templates specifically designed for the module.

Date: 20 February 2024
Time: 10am-4pm, with 30 minutes for lunch and 15-minute breaks in the morning and afternoon.
Facilitators: Professor Susan Michie, Professor Robert West & Dr Vivi Antonopoulou

The Behaviour Change Intervention Ontology (BCIO): How to use the BCIO for different research and applied purposes

This module will describe the BCIO and its component ontologies, demonstrate how it works and how it can be used for different research and applied purposes in behavioural science, and how to contribute to its ongoing improvement. Participants will learn how to use the BCIO for designing, evaluating and reporting interventions, and for evidence synthesis. 

The module will be interactive and include time for demonstration, practice and discussion; there will be scheduled short breaks between sessions during the day.

Date: 28 February 2024
Time: 10am-4pm, with 30 minutes for lunch and 15-minute breaks in the morning and afternoon.
Facilitators: Professor Susan Michie, Professor Robert West, Professor Marie Johnston & Dr Marta Marques

Booking Fees

Attendee Category

Early Bird Rate (available until 14 January)

1 day module

Low, middle-income countries – University, third sector and public sector**

Universities, third sector and public sector - small enterprises and start-ups (<50 employees)

Public sector and medium enterprises (50-249 employees)

Large enterprises (250+ employees)









**The LMIC rate is only available to participants who are based or work in an OECD-identified Low and Middle Income Country - if you are unsure about this, please consult this list:  https://wellcome.org/grant-funding/guidance/low-and-middle-income-countries.

If your organisation is already a UCL customer, we can invoice your organisation upon receiving a Purchase Order. Please include the participant's name, email address, correct registration fee rate, and invoice contact information in your purchase order, and email it to behaviourchange@ucl.ac.uk.

Cancellation Policy

  • Delegates are entitled to a full refund, providing they request a cancellation within 7 days of booking.
  • After 7 days of the booking, and up to 15 days before the event, delegates can request to cancel the booking and will be entitled to a refund of 80% of the total booking price.
  • If there are 14 days or less to the event delegates can cancel their bookings but are not entitled to a refund.
  • Please note that delegates booking within 14 days or less of the event can still cancel, but unlike point 1 where they would be entitled to a full refund, delegates will not be entitled to a refund.

Please send any questions relating to cancellations to behaviourchange@ucl.ac.uk.


There are many examples of our Alumni putting learning into practice, including private and public sector organisations revising their behaviour change strategies. Some academic publications include:

  • Applying the COM-B behaviour model and behaviour change wheel to develop an intervention to improve hearing-aid use in adult auditory rehabilitation.
  • Barriers and Recommended Interventions to Prevent Melioidosis in Northeast Thailand: a focus group study using the Behaviour Change Wheel.
  • Increasing the frequency of physical activity very brief advice for cancer patients. Development of an intervention using the Behaviour Change Wheel.

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