It does not matter what age you are as far as the University of London is concerned. Speaking at a promotion day to attract students from Hong Kong, Marion McNeil, the admissions manager, said: 'Our students are anything from 17 to 80-plus. We had an 83-year-old lady applying to do the law degree last year. She had already obtained a degree in the 1920s, but she had always wanted to do a law degree.' Ms McNeil was at the University of Hong Kong's School of Professional and Continuing Education to explain the London college's external programme. The programme involves independent study and is self-guided. Students are given a list of recommended reading, exam papers and reports for the past three years and a syllabus. They are usually then left to study on their own, although Hong Kong students can receive tuition from HKU to help get the degree finished faster.