Centre for Behaviour Change


Online Summer School

CBC Summer School is back on and online! Our Principles and Practice Course will run in a Virtual Learning Environment in July 2020.

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Introduction to Behaviour Change: Principles & Practice

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. Each course is strictly capped at 36 participants.

By completing the summer school you can expect to:

  • 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 on UCL’s Virtual Learning Environment (VLE) – Blackboard Collaborate.

The course will be delivered using a combination of live sessions and supported, self-directed learning. We will be running two courses this year, with live sessions will be held daily between the 20th and 24th July 2020 (week 1) and 27th and 31 July 2020 (week 2), with materials for self-directed learning available in the weeks prior to this using the VLE. Participant's learning will be supported by a combination of pre-recorded presentations, individual and small group tasks, discussion boards and live webinars, 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.

Each day of the live sessions, experienced facilitators will lead small group tutorials to embed and help participants apply the learning points to their own situations. Tutorial groups will also be 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 School alumni where participants keep in touch and continue to review, problem-solve and plan behaviour change interventions.

Prior to the course start, participants will be asked to submit a project/topic that they would like to focus and work on. At the end of the course participants will leave with an individual, tailored action plan for applying what they have learnt to their own situation or area of interest.

This course is highly participatory, therefore 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 course.

Course dates

Week 1 delivery: live sessions will be held daily between Monday 20th and Friday 24th July 2020.

Week 2 delivery: live sessions will be held daily between Monday 27th and Friday 31st July 2020.

Materials for self-directed learning available prior to course commencement via the UCL Virtual Learning Environment.

Prices and Registration

Early bird rates available until 31 May 2020.

Low, middle income countries – University, third sector and public sector Universities, third sector and public 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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£800  £1,100 £1,300£1,700£1,800£2,100£2,800£3,100

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.

Both weeks are now full. To join the course wait list, email behaviourchange@ucl.ac.uk

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 August (2021)


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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