Short courses


Centre for Behaviour Change Summer School: Behaviour Change - Principles and Practice

  • 35 hours
  • 5 days


This five-day course will introduce you to the principles of behaviour change and how these can be applied to practical problems.

It's aimed at everyone interested in behaviour change - from researchers, practitioners and intervention designers to managers and policy makers.

This course aims to give you:

  • 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

This course run by UCL's Centre for Behaviour Change (CBC) and led by world-renowned experts in the field, including Professor Susan Michie and Professor Robert West. 

Who this course is for

The summer school is for everyone interested in behaviour change including:

  • researchers
  • practitioners
  • intervention designers
  • managers
  • policy makers

Entry requirements

Non-native English speakers must have a good standard of English proficiency, with 6.5 in each of the sub-tests.

To help you get the most from the course, you'll be sent suggestions for preparatory reading and a free online copy of the Behaviour Change Wheel: A Guide to Designing Interventions (Michie, Atkins and West, 2014). Hard copies can be purchased directly from CBC staff (in cash) or ordered from the website (via PayPal) from www.behaviourchangewheel.com

Structure and teaching

The course will be highly participatory, with short presentations, discussions, group work and tutorials.

There will be a maximum of 36 participants to enable individual guidance.

You'll be encouraged to take part in:

  • discussion groups - these will draw on real-life scenarios generated in advance by participants (you'll have the opportunity to submit an issue you'd like to work on during the week)
  • tutorials - at the end of each day there will be small group tutorials led by experienced facilitators to support the application of the learning points from that day to your own situation. These will be organised according to level of expertise and area of work, and your personal objectives will be reviewed with your tutor as the week progresses.
  • the buddy system - in order to support long-term change, you'll be encouraged to team up with a 'buddy' to review action plans weeks or months after the course has finished and continue the reviewing, problem-solving and planning begun within the course

You'll be given a manual to support your learning and you'll leave with an individual, tailored action plan for applying what you've learnt in the course to your own situation. 

Learning outcomes

By the end of the course, you'll 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 and discuss how to embed behavioural change within organisations


You'll receive a certificate of attendance on completing the course.

What makes this course special

This course stands out for its:

  • content and teaching - it's been developed and is led by world-renowned experts from the field of behavioural science
  • unique cross-disciplinary approach to the study of behaviour change
  • core training in the development, implementation and evaluation of behaviour change interventions using a systematic method and comprehensive framework

Benefits for employees

As an employee, you'll benefit from:

  • opportunities for networking with peers and course tutors/mentors
  • access to continued support for developing behaviour interventions post-course

Benefits for employers

As an employer, you'll benefit from:

  • having your staff trained in cutting-edge approaches to intervention design, implementation and evaluation
  • your staff gaining access to expertise and networks within a world-renowned 'hub' for behaviour change
  • the knowledge your staff will gain from case studies carried out by other academics, practitioners and policymakers in the field

Cost and concessions

Fees vary depending on sector/business size. Discounts are available for early bird bookings.

Universities, third sector and public sector in low and middle-income countries

Use voucher code cbc-2019-intro1 when booking for:

  • standard fee - £1,212.75
  • early bird - £1,091.48

Universities, third sector, small enterprises and start-ups (up to 50 employees)

Use voucher code cbc-2019-intro2 when booking for:

  • standard fee - £1,905.75
  • early bird - £1,715.18

Public sector and medium enterprises (50-249 employees)

Use voucher code cbc-2019-intro3 when booking for:

  • standard fee - £2,425.50
  • early bird - £2,182.95

Large enterprises (250+ employees)

  • standard fee - £3,465
  • early bird - £3,118.50

Course team

Professor Susan Michie

Professor Susan Michie

Susan is Professor of Health Psychology and Director of the Centre for Behaviour Change at UCL. Her research focuses on developing the science of behaviour change interventions and applying behavioural science to interventions. She works with a wide range of disciplines, practitioners and policy-makers and holds grants from a large number of organisations including the Wellcome Trust, National Institute of Health Research, Economic and Social Research Council and Cancer Research UK. Susan’s full profile is available on the UCL Health Psychology website.

Professor Robert West

Professor Robert West

Robert is Professor of Health Psychology and Director of Tobacco Studies at the Cancer Research UK Health Behaviour Research Centre, UCL. He's Co-director of the National Centre for Smoking Cessation and Training and Editor-in-Chief of the journal Addiction. His research includes clinical trials of new smoking cessation treatments, studies of the acute effects of cigarette withdrawal and population studies of smoking patterns with a focus on the role of motivation in behaviour change.

Dr Paul Chadwick

Dr Paul Chadwick

Paul is Deputy Director at the UCL Centre for Behaviour Change. He's also a Trainer and Consultant Clinical and Health Psychologist with expertise in behaviour change for adults and children, changing eating and activity behaviours, diabetes, sexual health and atypical sexual development, intervention and treatment evaluation.

Dr Fabiana Lorencatto

Dr Fabiana Lorencatto

Fabiana is the Research Lead at the UCL Centre for Behaviour Change, and an honorary Research Fellow at the Centre for Health Services Research, City University of London. Fabiana’s primary research interests are in designing behaviour change interventions aimed at changing the behaviours of healthcare professionals to improve clinical practice. She also has expertise in process evaluation methodology, specifically the assessment of intervention fidelity.

Dr Lou Atkins

Dr Lou Atkins

Lou is Senior Teaching Fellow at the UCL Centre for Behaviour Change. She's also a researcher, trainer and consultant in behaviour change intervention design and evaluation in health and environmental sustainability. She leads the CBC’s Australasian hub and is co-author of the book 'Behaviour Change Wheel: A Guide to Designing Interventions'.

Dr Danielle D’Lima

Dr Danielle D’Lima

Danielle is Senior Teaching Fellow for the MSc Behaviour Change. Previously, while part of the Department of Applied Health Research at UCL, she researched how interactions between different types of evidence and processes at the professional and organisational level influence decisions to introduce or roll out innovations in acute and primary care within the UK National Health Service. Danielle has a PhD from Imperial College London on the influence of performance feedback on professional behaviour change in healthcare. The PhD took a multidisciplinary approach drawing upon psychological theory, medical informatics and health services research and incorporating both qualitative and quantitative components.

Dr Ben Gardner

Dr Ben Gardner

Ben is a Senior Lecturer at King's College London, teaching and researching social and health psychology. His main research interests focus on habit and automaticity, health behaviour and behaviour change, sedentary behaviour (sitting).

Dr Angel Chater

Dr Angel Chater

Angel is a Reader in Health Psychology and Behaviour Change and leads the Centre for Health, Wellbeing and Behaviour Change at University of Bedfordshire. Her passion lies in the scientific application of health psychology and behavioural science to public health and its role in intervention design, delivery and evaluation. Angel works closely with local government bodies, Public Health England, County Sport Partnerships and Trussell Trust Foodbanks on the Behaviour Change Agenda with a specific focus on physical activity and nutrition to enhance psychological wellbeing and reduce the risk of obesity, diabetes and cardiovascular disease.

Dr Rachel Carey

Dr Rachel Carey

Rachel is an Honorary Research Associate in the Health Psychology Research Group and an Associate Consultant of UCL’s Centre for Behaviour Change. Her PhD, completed at the National University of Ireland, Galway, examined the impact of threat-based persuasive communications on driver behaviour. She has research experience across a range of theoretical and applied projects in social, health and cognitive psychology - with particular emphasis on behaviour change in the context of safe and sustainable transport. Prior to joining UCL, she worked on applied projects with organisations such as the Royal National Lifeboat Institute and Irish Road Safety Authority. She is currently Chief Scientist at Zinc VC.

Course information last modified: 28 Aug 2019, 10:03