The number of students studying civil engineering has risen 45% in the past five years, according to a report published by the Engineering Technology Board (ETB).
The rise came despite the total number of students across all engineering disciplines falling by more than 25% during the same period.
Civils graduates are the most likely to get work soon after university, with 74% employed within six months of graduation. They also receive the best graduate salaries, at £23,000 per year on average.
The disciplines worst hit by the fall in engineering students are electronic and electrical engineering, where the number of undergraduates has plummeted by almost half in five years.