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If you are mainly interested in research and are in the top group at your school, you would perhaps do best to apply for a medical student place at an institution with a strong emphasis on basic science, such as Oxford; Cambridge; or Imperial College, London. That way you would be keeping your options open and since you are interested in medically relevant research, even if you chose never to practise medicine as a doctor, you would have gained much relevant knowledge that will inform your research. After completing a medical degree, you could opt to go straight into research and do a doctorate.
A medical degree opens a lot of doors in medical research, and if you are sure that your main interest lies in medically related research you should seriously consider making the commitment to getting a medical degree since it could be beneficial and helpful later. Having