Centre for Behaviour Change


International Training Programme

CBC International Training Programme: Principles and Practice is online and registrations for the November 2021 course are now open!

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International Training Programme: 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 of 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 principles & practice course 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 principle & practice course 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 principle & practice course 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 Principles & Practice course 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

Monday 22 November - Friday 26 November, 2021

Daily session timings are to be confirmed

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 November 2021 course for early bird and standard rates are below:

Low, middle income countries – University, third sector and public sectorUniversities 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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£925 £1,270£1,500£1,965£2,080£2,425£3,235£3,580

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.

Early bird rates available until 31 October 2021.

  Please register on the UCL Online Store

For any queries, please email behaviourchange@ucl.ac.uk.

Advanced Training Programme

Advanced Training Programme
The Advanced Training Programme is a flexible training course will help participants develop specialist knowledge and skills in behaviour change. The course consists of modules covering distinct but related subjects: changing behaviour in systems, influencing motivation, and process evaluation. Each module will be delivered on a separate date, spread out throughout the year, depending on expressions of interest. Participants can register for each module separately to build up a tailored programme of training.


Details of each module are listed below. We are only taking registrations for the Changing Behaviour in Systems module currently but we hope to open registrations for the other two modules soon. To register for the Changing Behaviour Systems module, click the link below.



Changing Behaviour in Systems

This module will run Friday 30 July 2021 as a full day via the virtual learning platform UCLeXtend. The course is expected to run from 09:00 - 16:00 GMT+1.

This module will draw together principles of behaviour change and systems thinking to address behavioural problems within systems such as organisations and communities. Participants will be introduced to the principles of understanding behaviour in systems and how to describe and analyse this using the methodology of behavioural systems mapping.

Click to read course content and learning outcomes

Prices and registration

Low-, middle-income countries (LMIC): University, third and public sector£242
Third sector, University staff & students, small businesses and start-ups£380
Public sector and medium businesses (50 - 249 employees)£484
Large enterprises (250+ employees)£768

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.

This course is now booked out!

Influencing Motivation

This module will review and analyse theories of motivation to help participants design behaviour change interventions. It will introduce the integrative PRIME Theory of Motivation and show how it can support a broadly based, systems approach to intervention design.

To register your interest in this module, please email behaviourchange@ucl.ac.uk.

Evaluating Behaviour

The process evaluation module will consist of a set of webinars. Key content will be broken down into digestible chunks with time allocated to apply learning to learners’ own interventions and gain support on how to prioritise different aspects of process evaluation based on available resources. Example content covered in webinars will include “What is Process Evaluation and how does it relate to Outcome Evaluation?”, “Implementation and Fidelity” and “Acceptability and Mechanisms of Change”.

To register your interest in this module, please email behaviourchange@ucl.ac.uk.

Course leaders

The Advanced Training Programme 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, Dr Danielle D’Lima and Dr Jo Hale.

Course dates


Changing Behaviour in Systems

30th July 2021

Full day: course times to follow soon

Influencing MotivationDates to be released soonInformation to be released soon
Evaluating BehaviourDates to be released soonInformation to be released soon
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.


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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