Top 10 rankings 1Cardiff 2Swansea 3Nottingham 4Bristol 6Queens, Belfast 7Imperial 8UMIST 9Dundee 10Edinburgh
CARDIFF AND Swansea universities were last week named best for civil engineering in The Times Good University Guide 2003.
Cardiff has been ranked top for the second year running, while Swansea moves up to second from third last year and sixth in 2000.
The annual guide scores courses using three indicators.
Points awarded to departments after teaching quality assessments carried out by government inspectors are given stronger weightings than research quality and undergraduates' average Alevel scores. Scores are compared to a baseline of 100, awarded to the top course.
Cardiff and Swansea have identical scores for teaching quality and research, but Cardiff's higher entry standards - an average of 21.7 A-level points compared to 20.2 for Swansea - give it top spot.
Nottingham, rated as the UK's most popular university with almost 48,000 applications for courses starting in 2002, is placed third for civil engineering. Bristol, another popular choice with more than 11 applicants per place in 2001, is fourth.
Imperial College, historically strong in civil engineering, has fallen to seventh despite the highest entry standards - 28.4 A-level points on average.