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Manchester Engineering Campus Development (MECD)

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Key facts and figures

The ambitious scale of MECD is illustrated by the facts and figures behind the building project.

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New graduates

MECD will play a huge role in helping 2,500 engineering students graduate every year.

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MECD is a £400m investment as part of the £1bn campus masterplan.

The new engineering campus will be a vibrant and consolidated environment that embodies our past, present and future identity.

It will embrace progressive ways of teaching and learning, through modern facilities such as makerspaces, blended learning theatres and interdisciplinary laboratories.

MECD will see the University invest in world-class research, teaching and learning, as part of our drive to become one of the world’s leading universities by 2020.

Aside from the many educational benefits, MECD will provide a platform for industry and welcoming the community.

Home to our four engineering schools and various research institutes, MECD will be home to thousands of students and staff members.

MECD in numbers

The make-up of the people who will be working and studying in MECD breaks down as follows:

Infographic showing MECD will be home to 6,744 students, as well as 1,259 staff.


The MECD development is an eight year project, starting in 2014 and finishing in 2022.

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Learning support

The new campus will support learning through over 1,000 informal and self-directed study spaces.


  •  Almost 7,000 students - including 1,618 taught master's, 4,105 undergraduate and 1,021 postgraduate research students.
  • Almost 1,300 staff - including 362 postdoctoral research associates, 451 professional services staff and 446 academic staff members.


  • MECD is a £400+ million investment;
  • it's a project which spans a eight-year period (2014-2022);
  • it has eight floors and a floorspace of over 76,000 m2 (the size of approximately 11 football pitches).