The number of women starting civil engineering study at university rose by almost a tenth last year, official figures have shown.
Data from applications body Ucas revealed 785 female undergraduates enrolled on civils courses, up from 725 the year before.
This was still just short of the 790 women beginning such degrees in 2010, however.
The number of men starting the subject rose 7% in the past year to 3,385, although this remained lower than every year between 2008 and 2013.
This means one in five first year civils undergraduates are currently female. This compares to one in 10 qualified engineers who are women.
ICE director general Nick Baveystock said: “The rise in civil engineering students at UK universities is excellent news. Nineteen per cent are female – the highest percentage ever. Overseas students continue to flock to the UK’s world-class universities.
“The figures show civil engineering is increasing its popularity among young people in the UK, despite the post-2010 decline in university applications and shrinking cohort of 18-year-olds.”
Institution of Engineering Technology president Naomi Climer sparked controversy last year when she urged employers to consider introducing quotas to increase the number of female engineers.