Centre for Behaviour Change


International Summer Schools

CBC Summer School is online and registrations for the 2021 course are now open!

International Summer School

Introduction to Behaviour Change: Principles & Practice

This is a week-long (five day) online course and will be delivered on UCL’s virtual learning platform UCL eXtend.

Participants will be introduced to the principles or behaviour change, and how these can be applied to practical problems. The course is aimed at anyone who is interested in behaviour change; from researchers, practitioners, intervention designers, managers and policy makers. Places are limited with the course strictly capped at 36 participants.

By completing the summer school you can expect to have:

  • a greater understanding of the possibilities for applying behaviour change interventions to your own situation
  • a practical framework for developing, implementing and evaluating these interventions in your area of interest 

The course will be delivered using a combination of live sessions and supported, self-led learning. This course will run for one-week, with live sessions held daily and materials for self-directed learning available in the weeks prior to this using the UCLeXtend platform. Learning will be supported through a combination of pre-recorded presentations, individual and small group tasks, discussion boards and live webinars, all facilitated by world leading experts in the science and practice of behaviour change. Tasks and presentation content will draw on real-life scenarios/projects tailored to suit the interests of participants.

Live sessions will be taught by experienced facilitators who will lead small group tutorials to embed and help participants apply the learning points of each day to their own situations. Tutorial groups are also an opportunity for participants to have their personal objectives reviewed throughout the week as the course progresses. Participants will be encouraged to team up with a 'buddy' to provide support with applying theory to practice following the end of the course. There is also a LinkedIn group for Summer/Winter School alumni where participants keep in touch and continue to review, problem-solve and plan behaviour change interventions.

Participants will be invited to select a project/topic that they will focus and work on throughout the week. The aim at the end of the course is for all participants to leave with an individual and tailored action plan for applying what they have learnt during the Summer School to their own situation or area of interest.

This course is highly participatory and requires a strong level of English language comprehension.  

Learning outcomes

By the end of the course, participants should be able to:

  • describe and discuss how capability, opportunity and motivation interact to support behaviour change using the COM-B model, and analyse behaviour in context and identify targets for change using the COM-B model
  • apply the Behaviour Change Wheel to develop a broad strategy for behaviour change
  • identify specific behaviour change techniques to include in interventions in the strategy · describe key principles underpinning maintenance of behaviour change
  • describe how to embed behavioural change within organisations

Course leaders

The Summer School is led by the CBC’s Senior Teaching Fellow Dr Lou Atkins. Course leaders also include:


Participants will be given a Certificate of Completion at the end of the course.

Course dates

Starting times vary each week to accommodate different time zones.

Week 1: Monday 28 June - Friday 02 July, 2021

Daily sessions for week one will commence at 09:00 GMT+1

Week 2: Monday 12 July - Friday 16 July, 2021

Daily sessions for week two will commence at 13:00 GMT+1.

Materials for self-directed learning will be available two-weeks prior to the course start via the virtual learning platform UCLeXtend.

Prices and Registration

Prices for the 2021 course for early bird and stand rates are below:

Low, middle income countries – University, third sector and public sector Universities and third sector - small enterprises and start-ups (up to 50 employees)Public sector and medium enterprises (50-249 employees)Large enterprises (250+ employees)
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£840 £1,155£1,365£1,785£1,890£2,205£2,940£3,255

Low, middle income countries (LMIC): to be eligible, participants must work for an organisation that has its administrative offices based in an LMIC, or be employed by an organisation and live in an LMIC. This includes university staff and students from LMIC.

Register for week 1 here!

Register for week 2 here! 

Cancellation Policy
  1. Delegates are entitled to a full refund providing they request a cancellation within 7 days of booking
  2. 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
  3. If there are 14 days or less to the event delegates can cancel their bookings but are not entitled to a refund.
  4. 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.

Advanced Summer School

This five-day course will help participants develop specialist knowledge and skills in behaviour change. The course consists of three modules covering distinct but related subjects; influencing motivation, changing behaviour in complex systems and organisations, and process evaluation. Participants have the option to register for the full week, or opt to take modules separately.

To view a full breakdown of the course, with each module learning structure and outcomes, click on the links below:

Module 1: Influencing Motivation
Module 2: Changing Behaviour
Module 3: Evaluating Behaviour

Course leaders

This course is led by the CBC’s Deputy Director Dr Paul Chadwick, with modules co-led by Professor Susan Michie, Professor Robert West, Dr Fabiana Lorencatto and Dr Danielle D’Lima.

Course dates

This course has been postponed and will be delivered next July (2021). More information to follow soon.


There are many examples of our Alumni putting Summer School learing 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.

There is a LinkedIn group called UCL CBC Summer School Alumni. We would encourage all past participants of the 2018 and 2019 Summer Schools to join to keep in touch and share their learning.

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