Around 18,819 civil engineering place bids were made through university applications manager UCAS this year, up 1.2 per cent on 2006.
It was one of only a small handful of subjects that saw a rise in applications as the maximum number of course choices that an applicant could make dropped from six to five.
As a result, applications for building and architecture courses were both down. Building applications fell 1.6 per cent to 13,016 while architecture was down 3.5 per cent to 22,603.
Overall 430,489 people applied for a full-time undergraduate course at UK universities and colleges – a rise of 8.9 per cent or 35,182.