I'm looking at these pages right now, and to be honest, I don't know what to make of it. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/University_of_London_External_Programme http://www.londonexternal.ac.uk/ The University seems prestigious enough. The "star power" is there (3 Noble Laureates! ). And the price is fair. So what am I missing? I specially don't understand the British system of education. I am used to 120 credits. 40 classes. And a whole lot of "hand holding" on the part of the professors. But apparently, the Brits do it differently. Just 12 units, self-study, that's your degree. First of all, what is a unit? And once I finish all 12, am I officially a college graduate? Do not pass, go, you are free to take your masters now? Can it really be that simple? What I'm looking for here is a sort of "Cliff Notes" version of what the University of London External Programme is and is not. It sounds too good to be truth, so as everything in life, I assume it is. Thanks in advance.